There are more than 400 hyperlocal websites in the UK producing original news stories (that we know about)

Using a definition of an ‘active’ hyperlocal site as one that had published at least once in the five months prior to the sample period, as well as using the definition we have listed above (whereby news is the focus rather than message forums), research shows that the database currently records 432 active hyperlocal websites across the UK. A similar snapshot taken in 2010 shows 295 sites listed – representing a 46% increase in sites in two years. In comparison, the Newspaper Society estimates that there are around 1,600 websites associated with local and regional newspapers in the UK.