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West Midlands (region)

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The West Midlands is one of nine official regions of England at the first level of International Territorial Level for statistical purposes. It covers the western half of the area traditionally known as the Midlands. The region consists of the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire. The region has seven cities; Birmingham, Coventry, Hereford, Lichfield, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton and Worcester.

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West Midlands
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West Midlands, highlighted in red on the map of England
West Midlands, highlighted in red on the map of England
Coordinates: 52°28′43.9″N 2°15′22.7″W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryEngland
Combined authoritiesWest Midlands
Districts
Counties
Government
  TypeLeaders' board
  BodyWest Midlands Councils
  House of Commons59 MPs (of 650)
Area
  Total5,021 sq mi (13,004 km2)
  Land5,019 sq mi (12,998 km2)
  Water2 sq mi (5 km2)
  Rank7th
Population
 (2021)[2]
  Total5,954,240
  Rank5th
  Density1,190/sq mi (458/km2)
Ethnicity (2021)
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Religion (2021)
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GSS codeE12000005
ITL codeTLG
GVA2021 estimate[4]
  Total£146.1 billion
  Rank6th
  Per capita£24,530
  Rank6th
GDP (nominal)2021 estimate[5]
  Total£164.6 billion
  Rank6th
  Per capita£27,649
  Rank7th
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The West Midlands region is geographically diverse, from the urban central areas of the West Midlands conurbation to the rural counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire which border Wales. The region is landlocked. However, the longest river in the UK, the River Severn, traverses the region southeastwards, flowing through the county towns of Shrewsbury and Worcester, and the Ironbridge Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Staffordshire is home to the industrialised Potteries conurbation, including the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and the Staffordshire Moorlands area, which borders the southeastern Peak District National Park near Leek. The region also encompasses five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Wye Valley, Shropshire Hills, Cannock Chase, Malvern Hills, and parts of the Cotswolds. Warwickshire is home to the towns of Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of writer William Shakespeare, Rugby, the birthplace of Rugby football and Nuneaton, birthplace to author George Eliot.

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