Staffordshire (/ˈstæfərdʃɪər, -ʃər/;[2] postal abbreviation Staffs.) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. It borders Cheshire to the northwest, Derbyshire and Leicestershire to the east, Warwickshire to the southeast, the West Midlands County and Worcestershire to the south and Shropshire to the west.

Stafford, the county town of Staffordshire
Stafford, the county town of Staffordshire
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Staffordshire within England
Coordinates: 52°48′25″N 02°06′58″W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionWest Midlands
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of ParliamentList of MPs
PoliceStaffordshire Police
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantIan Dudson
High SheriffCharles Jewitt of Admaston[1] (2020-21)
Area2,713 km2 (1,047 sq mi)
  Ranked18th of 48
Population (2021)1,131,052
  Ranked17th of 48
Density417/km2 (1,080/sq mi)
Ethnicity97.0% White
1.7% S.Asian
1.3% Other
Non-metropolitan county
County councilStaffordshire County Council
Admin HQStafford
Area2,620 km2 (1,010 sq mi)
  Ranked14th of 26
  Ranked8th of 26
Density336/km2 (870/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2GB-STS
ONS code41
GSS codeE10000028

Districts of Staffordshire
Unitary County council area
  1. City of Stoke-on-Trent
  2. Newcastle-under-Lyme
  3. Staffordshire Moorlands
  4. Stafford
  5. East Staffordshire
  6. South Staffordshire
  7. Cannock Chase
  8. Lichfield
  9. Tamworth

The largest settlement in Staffordshire is Stoke-on-Trent, which is administered as an independent unitary authority, separately from the rest of the county. Lichfield is a cathedral city. Other major settlements include Stafford, Burton upon Trent, Cannock, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Rugeley, Leek, and Tamworth.

Other towns include Stone, Cheadle, Uttoxeter, Hednesford, Brewood, Burntwood/Chasetown, Kidsgrove, Eccleshall, Biddulph and the large villages of Penkridge, Wombourne, Perton, Kinver, Codsall, Tutbury, Alrewas, Barton-under-Needwood, Shenstone, Featherstone, Essington, Stretton and Abbots Bromley. Cannock Chase AONB is within the county as well as parts of the National Forest and the Peak District national park.

Wolverhampton, Walsall, West Bromwich, and Smethwick are within the historic county boundaries of Staffordshire, but since 1974 have been part of the West Midlands county.

Apart from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire is divided into the districts of Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, and Tamworth.

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