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Hertfordshire (/ˈhɑːrtfərdʃɪər/ (About this sound listen); often abbreviated Herts) is a county in southern England, bordered by Bedfordshire to the north, Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Essex to the east, Buckinghamshire to the west and Greater London to the south. For government statistical purposes, it is placed in the East of England region.

In 2013, the county had a population of 1,140,700 living in an area of 634 square miles (1,640 km2). Four towns have between 50,000 and 100,000 residents: Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford and St Albans. Hertford, once the main market town for the medieval agricultural county, derives its name from a hart (stag) and a ford, used as the components of the county's coat of arms and flag. Elevations are high for the region in the north and west. These reach over 800 feet (240 m) in the western projection around Tring which is in the Chilterns. The county's borders are approximately the watersheds of the Colne and Lea; both flowing to the south; each accompanied by a canal. Hertfordshire's undeveloped land is mainly agricultural and much is protected by green belt.

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Tommy Smith (born 22 May 1980) is an English professional footballer who plays as a right winger or striker. Born in Hemel Hempstead, he started his professional career at nearby Watford Football Club, playing a part in their rise to the Premier League under the management of Graham Taylor 1999. He played more than half of Watford's league games in 1999–2000, and in September 2000 scored on his sole appearance for England under-21s.

Owing in part to financial constraints, Smith left Watford in 2003, spending one season at Sunderland, followed by two at Derby County. After being voted Derby's Player of the year for 2005–06, he returned to Watford just after the start of the following season. He helped the Hertfordshire club reach the FA Cup semi-finals in 2006–07, and was voted Watford F.C. Player of the Season in consecutive seasons in 2007–08 and 2008–09, scoring 17 goals in his latter season. He joined Portsmouth for a fee of approximately £1.8 million on 27 August 2009. After playing for them in the Premier League and Football League Championship, Smith joined QPR during the 2010–11 season.


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Despite Hertfordshire having a population of 1,058,600 within an area of 1,634 km2 (403,770.2 acres), almost two-thirds of the county is rural. As of 2010, there are 43 sites of Special Scientific Interest in the county. Twenty-eight of these have been designated for their biological interest, six for their geological interest, and nine for both biological and geological interest. In England, the body responsible for designating SSSIs is Natural England, which chooses sites because of their flora, fauna, geological or physiographical features. Natural England took over the role of designating and managing SSSIs from English Nature in October 2006 when it was formed from the amalgamation of English Nature, parts of the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service. One such site is Therfield Heath (pictured), near Royston.


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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.

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