You're talking about the current city boundary, I'm talking about the real one. Total up the populations of Moyross, Southill, the Island Field and Weston and I don't think it's much more than 6,000. It's certainly nowhere near enough to justify the precdence it gets over roughly 90,000 people. Afaik, the 44% figure is also a historical figure, i don't think it's a current one.
I think that if you did total up the populations of those areas and the areas that are joined onto them that you would get a figure far higher than 6,000. Southill on it's own is listed as having a population of between 3,000 and 4,000.
Moyross has a listed population of between 3,400 and 4,000.
So those two alone come to between 6,000 and 8,000.
Now throw in Weston, The Island field and a few other areas involved and I think you could be at least doubling your original figure.
44% is not a historical figure btw. The official 2006 figure was 41% and the published 2010 figure was 44%.