County Durham

County Durham (/ˈdʌrəm/ (listen) DURR-əm) is a ceremonial county in North East England.[2] The county town is the city of Durham. The ceremonial county spawned from the historic County Palatine of Durham in 1853. The largest settlement is Darlington, followed by Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees. The county borders are shared with multiple counties: Northumberland as well as Tyne and Wear to the north, North Yorkshire to the south and Cumbria to the west.

County Durham
Coordinates: 54°40′N 1°50′W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth East England
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of ParliamentList
PoliceDurham Constabulary
Cleveland Police (part)
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantSusan Snowdon
High SheriffDavid Andrew Gray[1] (2020–21)
Area2,721 km2 (1,051 sq mi)
  Ranked18th of 48
Population (mid-2019 est.)866,846
  Ranked26th of 48
Density324/km2 (840/sq mi)
Unitary authorities
CouncilsDarlington Borough
Durham County
Hartlepool Borough
Stockton-on-Tees Borough

Districts of County Durham
  1. County Durham
  2. Hartlepool
  3. Darlington
  4. Stockton-on-Tees (north)

Boundaries initially aligned to the historic county, stretching between the rivers Tyne and Tees. The County Borough of Teesside formed in 1968, the ceremonial boundaries adjusted while the historic boundaries remained. The Local Government Act 1972 in 1974 further separated the boundaries. In 1996, the area gained part of the aboished ceremonial county of Cleveland.[3]