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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Lieutenancy areas||Aberdeenshire, Banffshire (Part), Kincardineshire|
|• Body||Aberdeenshire Council|
|• Control||Con + LD + Ind (council NOC)|
|• Total||2,437 sq mi (6,313 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 4th|
|• Rank||Ranked 6th|
|• Density||110/sq mi (41/km2)|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-ABD|
It takes its name from the County of Aberdeen, which has substantially different boundaries. The Aberdeenshire Council area includes all of the area of the historic counties of Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire (except the area making up Aberdeen City council area), as well as part of Banffshire. The county boundaries are officially used for a few purposes, namely land registration and lieutenancy.
Aberdeenshire Council is headquartered at Woodhill House, in Aberdeen, making it the only Scottish council whose headquarters are located outside its jurisdiction. Aberdeen itself forms a different council area (Aberdeen City). Aberdeenshire borders onto Angus and Perth and Kinross to the south, Highland and Moray to the west and Aberdeen City to the east.
Traditionally, it has depended economically on the primary sector (agriculture, fishing, and forestry) and related processing industries. Over the last 40 years, the development of the oil and gas industry and associated service sector has broadened Aberdeenshire's economic base, and contributed to a rapid population growth of some 50% since 1975. Its land represents 8% of Scotland's overall territory. It covers an area of 6,313 square kilometres (2,437 sq mi).