Non-metropolitan county

A non-metropolitan county, or colloquially, shire county, is a county-level entity in England that is not a metropolitan county. The counties typically have populations of 300,000 to 1.4 million.[1] The term shire county is, however, an unofficial usage. Many of the non-metropolitan counties bear historic names and most, such as Wiltshire and Staffordshire, end in the suffix "-shire". Of the remainder, some counties had the "-shire" ending but have lost it over time, such as Devon and Somerset.

Non-metropolitan county
  • Also known as:
  • Shire county
Non-metropolitan counties (red)
Found inRegions
Created byLocal Government Act 1972
  • 1 April 1974
Number76 (as of 1 April 2019)
Possible status
  • Multiple districts with no county council (1)
  • Multiple districts with county council (25)
  • Single district with unitary authority (50)
Populations300,000–1.4 million