is a large seaside
town in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside, England. During the
2001 census Southport was recorded as having a population of 90,336, making it
the eleventh most populous settlement in North West England. The endonym for
people from Southport is "Sandgrounder".
Southport lies on the Irish Sea coast of North West England and is fringed
to the north by the Ribble estuary. The town is situated 16.5 miles
(26.6 km) to the north of the city of Liverpool and 14.8 miles
(23.8 km) southwest of the city of Preston.