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UK > West Midlands

The West Midlands is a metropolitan county in western central England with a population of 2,591,300. It came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. The county consists of seven metropolitan boroughs, including the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry and the City of Wolverhampton.

The West Midlands is landlocked, and as a ceremonial county borders the counties of Warwickshire to the east, Worcestershire to the south, and Staffordshire to the north.

West Midlands County Council was abolished in 1986, and so its districts (the metropolitan boroughs) are now effectively unitary authorities. However, the metropolitan county continues to exist in law and as a geographic frame of reference.

The county is sometimes described as the "West Midlands metropolitan area" or the "West Midlands conurbation", although these have different, and less clearly defined, boundaries. The conurbation, or urban area, does not include Coventry for example.

The seven metropolitan boroughs, along with the nearby unitary authority of Telford and Wrekin are starting to collaborate as a non-statutory city region under the name "Birmingham, Coventry and the Black Country". The name "West Midlands" is also used for the much larger West Midlands region, which sometimes causes confusion.

Locations within the West Midlands:

Acocks Green
Aldridge
Allesley
Amblecote
Aston
Barston
Berkswell
Bescot
Bickenhill
Bilston
Birmingham
Bloxwich
Bordesley
Bournville
Brettell Lane
Brierley Hill
Brownhills
Bushbury
Canley
Castle Bromwich
Corley
Coseley
Coundon
Coventry
Cradley
Darlaston
Delph
Dorridge
Dudley
Edgbaston
Erdington
Exhall
Fallings Park
Foleshill
Four Oaks
Gornalwood
Great Barr
Halesowen
Hampton in Arden
Harborne
Hasbury
Hay Mills
Hockley
Holly Lane
Keresley
Kings Norton
Knowle
Little Packington
Longbridge
Longford
Lower Gornal
Lye
Marston Green
Meriden
Minworth
Monmore Green
Moseley
Netherton
Northfield
Ocker Hill
Old Hill
Oldbury
Olton
Parkside
Pedmore
Pelsall
Perry Barr
Quinton
Rowley Regis
Rushall
Saltley
Sandwell
Sedgley
Selly Oak
Sheldon
Sleightholme
Small Heath
Smethwick
Solihull
Spon End
Stechford
Stivichall
Stourbridge
Streetly
Sutton Coldfield
Swan Village
Temple Balsall
Tettenhall
Tipton
Tollbar End
Tyburn
Tyseley
Upper Stonnall
Walsall
Walsall Wood
Water Orton
Wednesbury
Wednesfield
West Bromwich
Whitley
Willenhall
Witton
Wollaston
Wolverhampton
Woodside
Wyken
Wylde Green
Yardley

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