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Worcestershire (/ˈwʊstəʃə/ WUUST-ər-shər, /-ʃɪər/ -sheer; written abbreviation: Worcs) is a ceremonial county in the West Midlands of England. It is bordered by Shropshire, Staffordshire, and the West Midlands county to the north, Warwickshire to the east, Gloucestershire to the south, and Herefordshire to the west. The city of Worcester is the largest settlement and the county town.

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Worcester; Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds, and the Malvern Hills on the Worcestershire–Herefordshire border
Worcestershire within England
Worcestershire within England
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionWest Midlands
Established1 April 1998
Established byLocal Government Commission for England
Preceded byHereford and Worcester
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of Parliament
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantLt Col Patrick Holcroft
High SheriffEdward Holloway[1] (2019–2020)
Area1,741 km2 (672 sq mi)
  Ranked34th of 48
Population (2021)592,057
  Ranked38th of 48
Density340/km2 (880/sq mi)
  • 92.4% White British
  • 3.4% White Other
  • 2.4% Asian
  • 0.4% Black
  • 1.4% Other/Mixed[2]
Non-metropolitan county
County councilWorcestershire County Council[3]
Admin HQWorcester
Area1,741 km2 (672 sq mi)
  Ranked18th of 21
  Ranked19th of 21
Density348/km2 (900/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2GB-WOR
ONS code47
GSS codeE10000034
Districts of Worcestershire
  1. Worcester
  2. Malvern Hills
  3. Wyre Forest
  4. Bromsgrove
  5. Redditch
  6. Wychavon

The county is largely rural, and has an area of 1,741 km2 (672 sq mi) and a population of 592,057. After Worcester (103,872) the largest settlements are Redditch (87,036), Kidderminster (57,400), and Malvern (30,462). It contains six local government districts, which are part of a two-tier non-metropolitan county also called Worcestershire. The county historically had complex boundaries, and included Stourbridge and the southwestern suburbs of Birmingham.

The River Severn flows through the centre of the county from north to south, forming a wide plain. The southwest of the county contains part of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including Worcestershire Beacon, at 435 m (1,427 ft) the county's highest point. The southwest contains a small part of the Cotswolds, and in the northwest is part of the Wyre Forest, a national nature reserve.

There is some evidence of Roman occupation in Worcestershire; the area later became part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Hwicce, and then Mercia. Worcestershire was constituted as a county around 927, as the Kingdom of England formed. During the High Middle Ages the county was the site of the Battle of Evesham, in which Simon de Montfort was defeated, and in 1651 the Battle of Worcester was the last major engagement of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. During the Industrial Revolution the north of the county was part of the Black Country, a major manufacturing centre, Kidderminster became famous for carpet production, and Worcester for porcelain.

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