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West Midlands

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The West Midlands region is located at the hub of major road and rail networks. It is comprised of the large conurbation referred to as Birmingham, which includes the metropolitan districts of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Solihull, Sandwell and Walsall. This area is surrounded by the more rural counties of Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, and Shropshire, plus the metropolitan district of Coventry. The region has more than 5.8 million inhabitants and covers an area of about 13,000 sq. km. (about 5,000 sq. mi) (Eurostat, 2019).
 

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