County Durham (// (listen) DURR-əm) is a ceremonial county in North East England. 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.
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North East England|
|Time zone||UTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)|
|Members of Parliament||List|
Cleveland Police (part)
|Lord Lieutenant||Susan Snowdon|
|High Sheriff||David Andrew Gray (2020–21)|
|Area||2,721 km2 (1,051 sq mi)|
|• Ranked||18th of 48|
|Population (mid-2019 est.)||866,846|
|• Ranked||26th of 48|
|Density||324/km2 (840/sq mi)|
Districts of County Durham
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.