), commonly abbreviated as Herts
, is a ceremonial
and non-metropolitan county
in the East
region of England
. It is the 14th most populous
ceremonial county in England, home to over one million people. Hertfordshire is one of the Home Counties
and lies inland, bordered by Greater London
(the unitary authorities of Luton
and Central Bedfordshire
. Hertfordshire's county town is Hertford
, with several other population centres including St Albans
, the only city, and Watford
, the county's most populous settlement. Despite a population density
of 656 people per km2
(compared to the UK average of 255 people per km2
), more than two thirds of the county is classified as rural.
Victoria Caroline Beckham (née Adams; born 17 April 1974) is an English fashion designer, businesswoman and former singer. Raised in Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire, Beckham rose to fame in the late 1990s with the all-female pop group Spice Girls, and was dubbed Posh Spice by the July 1996 issue of the British pop music magazine Top of the Pops. She married professional footballer David Beckham in 1999, and in the same year the couple purchased what is now known as Beckingham Palace, located in Sawbridgeworth. Since the Spice Girls split, she has had a solo pop music career, scoring four UK Top 10 singles. Her first single to be released, "Out of Your Mind", reached Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and is her highest chart entry to date. During her solo career, she has been signed to Virgin Records and Telstar Records.
As of 2009, there are 43 sites of Special Scientific Interest in Hertfordshire. 28 of these have been designated for their biological interest, six for their geological interest, and nine for both biological and geological interest. One such site is Oddy Hill and Tring Park, shown opposite. Despite being home to over 1,000,000 people, Hertfordshire is a predominantly rural county, and as a result there is a wide diversity in the SSIs in the county. An example of a biological site of interest is Whippendell Wood, located near to Cassiobury Park and The Grove, Watford. Other sites of interest in the county include Sawbridgeworth Marsh, Ashwell Springs, Thorley Flood Pound, Croxley Common Moor and the Castle Lime Works Quarry.
This map depicts the locations of the major settlements within Hertfordshire. The line surrounding the lighter area shows the county's boundaries. The inner lines show the boundaries of the county's ten areas of local government. Grey areas depict areas of urban development.
According to the United Kingdom Census 2001
, thirty settlements in Hertfordshire had a population of at least 5,000. These include Hertford
, the county town, Watford
, the most populous settlement, and St Alban's
, the only city. Three settlements with populations of over 10,000 have been omitted from this map; Bushey
, Croxley Green
and Abbots Langley
are situated to the immediate south, west and north of Watford respectively.