Watford town is a borough in Hertfordshire, England, situated 17 miles (27 km) northwest of central London and within the circumference of the M25 motorway. It is not to be confused with Watford (gap), Northamptonshire which is 55 miles to the north.
The borough is separated from Greater London to the south by the urbanised parish of Watford Rural in the Three Rivers District. The Watford subdivision of the Greater London Urban Area, which includes much of the neighbouring districts, had a total population of 120,960 in the 2001 census. (population breakdown – pdf)
Population and households (from Watford.gov.uk)
The resident population estimate for Watford on Census Day 2011 was 90,300. This was an increase of 13.3% compared to the figure of 79,726 from the 2001 Census.
The 2011 Census showed that Watford’s resident population was composed of 89,600 household residents and 700 residents of communal establishments; the figure for households with at least one usual resident was 36,700.
This is in the county of Hertfordshire, which in 2013 the population was 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.
Hertfordshire County Council designates Watford, along with Stevenage, to be its major sub-regional centre. Several head offices of national companies and multi-nationals are based in Watford.
The Towns Football Team play at Vicarage Road Stadium.
The county town, Hertford, was the main market town for the medieval agricultural county ranks 13th in population today deriving its name from a hart (stag) and a ford used as the components of the county’s coat of arms and flag.
Hertford is derived from the Anglo-Saxon heort ford, meaning deer crossing (of a watercourse).
Further data, including the census, can be found on the following websites:
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