Worcestershire (/ˈwʊstərʃər/ (listen) WUUS-tər-shər, /-ʃɪər/ -sheer; written abbreviation: Worcs) is a county in the West Midlands of England.

Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionWest Midlands
Established1 April 1998
Established byLocal Government Commission for England
Preceded byHereford and Worcester
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of Parliament
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantLt Col Patrick Holcroft
High SheriffEdward Holloway[1] (2019–2020)
Area1,741 km2 (672 sq mi)
  Ranked34th of 48
Population (mid-2019 est.)592,057
  Ranked38th of 48
Density340/km2 (880/sq mi)
Ethnicity92.4% White British
3.4% White Other
2.4% Asian
0.4% Black
1.4% Other/Mixed[2]
Non-metropolitan county
County councilWorcestershire County Council[3]
Admin HQWorcester
Area1,741 km2 (672 sq mi)
  Ranked22nd of 26
  Ranked21st of 26
Density342/km2 (890/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2GB-WOR
ONS code47
GSS codeE10000034

Districts of Worcestershire
  1. Worcester
  2. Malvern Hills
  3. Wyre Forest
  4. Bromsgrove
  5. Redditch
  6. Wychavon

The area that is now Worcestershire was absorbed into the unified Kingdom of England in 927, at which time it was constituted as a county (see History of Worcestershire). Over the centuries the county borders have been modified, but it was not until 1844 that substantial changes were made. This culminated with the abolition of Worcestershire in 1974 with its northern area becoming part of the West Midlands and the rest part of the county of Hereford and Worcester. However, in 1998 the county of Hereford and Worcester was abolished and Worcestershire was reconstituted without the northern area, which was ceded to the West Midlands.

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