ceremonial county in England (use Q21272241 for administrative non-metropolitan county)

Status Ceremonial & (smaller) Non-metropolitan county
Region East of England
- Total
- Admin. council
- Admin. area
Ranked 11th
3,670 km²
Ranked 11th
3,465 km²
Where Essex is run The City of Chelmsford
ISO 3166-2 GB-ESS
ONS code 22
- Total (2005 est.)
- Density
- Admin. council
- Admin. pop.
Ranked 6th
448 / km²
Ranked 2nd
Where the people come from 96.8% White
1.2% S. Asian
Arms of Essex County Council
Essex County Council Archived 2010-11-23 at the Wayback Machine
The organisation that is in charge Conservative
Members of Parliament
  1. Harlow
  2. Epping Forest
  3. Brentwood
  4. Basildon
  5. Castle Point
  6. Rochford
  7. Maldon
  8. Chelmsford
  9. Uttlesford
  10. Braintree
  11. Colchester
  12. Tendring
  13. Thurrock (Unitary)
  14. Southend-on-Sea (Unitary)

Essex is a county in the east of England. It has a population of around 1,750,000 people. It is part of the East of England region. Chelmsford is the county town of Essex, as well as being one of three cities in the county alongside Colchester, known to be Britain's first city, and Southend-on-Sea, one of the country's biggest seaside resorts.

Essex has London and Hertfordshire on its western border and the whole of the east of the county is coast-line. The north of the county borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The south of the county is on the Thames Estuary. The Dartford Tunnel can be used to drive under the River Thames between Essex and Kent.

Other large towns in Essex include Basildon, Braintree and Harwich.

There has been lots of recent debate about whether certain sections of East London should be included as parts of Essex, such as Ilford and Romford. Due to boundary changes across the years, these areas were historically in Essex but have been dissolved into the Greater London area since.

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