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Trafford is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, England, with an estimated population of 235,493 in 2017.[2] It covers 41 square miles (106 km2)[3] and includes the area of Old Trafford and the towns of Altrincham, Stretford, Urmston, Partington and Sale. The borough was formed in 1974 as a merger of six former districts and part of a seventh. The River Mersey flows through the borough, separating North Trafford from South Trafford, and the historic counties of Lancashire and Cheshire. Trafford is the fifth-most populous district in Greater Manchester.[4]

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Trafford Town Hall
Official logo of Trafford
"Hold Fast That Which Is Good"
Trafford shown within Greater Manchester
Trafford shown within Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°26′46″N 2°18′29″W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyGreater Manchester
Historic countyLancashire (north of Mersey)
Cheshire (south of Mersey)
Established1 April 1974
Administrative HQStretford (Trafford Town Hall)
  TypeMetropolitan borough
  BodyTrafford Council
  LeadershipLeader and cabinet
  LeaderCllr Tom Ross
  MayorCllr Dolores O’Sullivan
  MPsGraham Brady (C)
Andrew Western (L)
Mike Kane (L)
  Total41 sq mi (106 km2)
100 ft (30 m)
  Density5,750/sq mi (2,221/km2)
(2011 data)[1]
80.41% White British
2.25% White Irish
0.18% Gypsy or Irish Traveller
2.87% Other White
1.17% White and Black Caribbean
0.29% White and Black African
0.68% White and Asian
0.52% Other mixed
2.75% Indian
3.10% Pakistani
0.20% Bangladeshi
0.98% Chinese
0.86% Other Asian
0.79% Black African
1.67% Black Caribbean
0.41% Other Black
0.55% Arab
0.41% Other ethnicity
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode areas
Dialling code0161
ISO 3166 codeGB-TRF
GSS codeE08000009
NUTS 3 codeUKD31
ONS code00BU
OS grid referenceSJ795945
The boundary of the historic counties of Lancashire and Cheshire is marked along the River Mersey in Trafford.

There is evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Roman activity in the area, two castles – one of them a Scheduled Ancient Monument – and over 200 listed buildings. In the late 19th century, the population rapidly expanded with the arrival of the railway. Trafford is the home of Manchester United F.C. and Lancashire County Cricket Club, as well as Altrincham F.C. and Trafford F.C.. The Imperial War Museum North, opened in 2002, is located in the borough.

Trafford has a strong economy with low levels of unemployment and contains both Trafford Park industrial estate and the Trafford Centre, a large out-of-town shopping centre. Apart from the City of Manchester, Trafford is the only borough in Greater Manchester to be above the national average for weekly income. Socially, the area includes both working class and middle class areas like Bowdon and Hale. In Parliament, Trafford is represented by three constituencies: Stretford and Urmston; Altrincham and Sale West; and Wythenshawe and Sale East, which mainly covers neighbouring Manchester.

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