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The London Commuter Belt, or London Metropolitan Area, is the name given to Greater London, the connecting urban areas, and closely surrounding areas that are heavily reliant on London's economy and sources of employment.
The boundaries are not fixed and as travel speeds have increased, it has become feasible to commute from a wider area. The commuter belt currently covers much of the South East England region and part of the East of England region. It includes the Home Counties of Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. As of the 2001 census, the London Metropolitan Area had a population of 13,945,000 (in 2001), the largest in Europe alongside Moscow. An affluent part of the region is also known as the "stockbroker belt".