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Cumbria (/ˈkʌmbriə/ KUM-bree-ə) is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in North West England, bordering Scotland. The county and Cumbria County Council, its local government, came into existence in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. Cumbria's county town is Carlisle, in the north of the county. Other major settlements include Barrow-in-Furness, Kendal, Whitehaven and Workington.

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"Ad Montes Oculos Levavi" ("I have lifted up mine eyes unto the hills")
Cumbria within England
Coordinates: 54°30′N 3°15′W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West
Established1 April 1974
Established byLocal Government Act 1972
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of ParliamentList of MPs
PoliceCumbria Constabulary
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantClaire Hensman
High SheriffJulie Barton [1](2020–21)
Area6,769 km2 (2,614 sq mi)
  Ranked3rd of 48
Population (2021)498,888
  Ranked41st of 48
Density74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Ethnicity97.5% White British
0.1% White Irish
0.1% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
1.1% Other White
0.1% White & Black Caribbean
0.1% White & Black African
0.2% White & Asian
0.1% Other Mixed
0.2% Indian
0.1% Pakistani
0.1% Bangladeshi
0.2% Chinese
0.2% Other Asian
0.1% Black African
0.1% Other
Non-metropolitan county
County councilCumbria County Council
ExecutiveLabour/Liberal Democrats
Admin HQCarlisle
Area6,768 km2 (2,613 sq mi)
  Ranked2nd of 26
  Ranked25th of 26
Density74/km2 (190/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2GB-CMA
ONS code16
GSS codeE10000006
Districts of Cumbria
  1. City of Carlisle
  2. Allerdale
  3. Eden
  4. Copeland
  5. South Lakeland
  6. Barrow-in-Furness

The administrative county of Cumbria consists of six districts (Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland) and, in 2019, had a population of 500,012. Cumbria is one of the most sparsely populated counties in England, with 73.4 people per km2 (190/sq mi). On 1 April 2023, the administrative county of Cumbria will be abolished and replaced with two new unitary authorities: Westmorland and Furness (Barrow-in-Furness, Eden, South Lakeland) and Cumberland (Allerdale, Carlisle, Copeland).[2]

Cumbria is the third largest ceremonial county in England by area. It is bounded to the north-east by Northumberland, the east by County Durham, the south-east by North Yorkshire, the south by Lancashire, the west by the Irish Sea, and the north by the Scottish council areas of Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders.

Cumbria is predominantly rural and contains the Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered one of England's finest areas of natural beauty, serving as inspiration for visual artists, writers and musicians. A large area of the south-east of the county is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, while the east of the county fringes the North Pennines AONB. Much of Cumbria is mountainous and it contains every peak in England over 3,000 feet (910 m) above sea level, with the top of Scafell Pike at 3,209 feet (978 m) being the highest point in England. An upland, coastal and rural area, Cumbria's history is characterised by invasions, migration and settlement, as well as battles and skirmishes between the English and the Scots. Notable historic sites in Cumbria include Hadrian's Wall (also a World Heritage Site), Carlisle Castle, Furness Abbey, Hardknott Roman Fort, and Brough Castle.