Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire[lower-alpha 1] is a landlocked county in the far west of the government statistical region of South East England. The ceremonial county borders Warwickshire to the north-west, Northamptonshire to the north-east, Buckinghamshire to the east, Berkshire to the south, Wiltshire to the south-west and Gloucestershire to the west.

Oxfordshire
Motto(s): 
Sapere Aude
('Dare to be Wise')[1]
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of Parliament
PoliceThames Valley police
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantMarjorie Glasgow BEM
High SheriffMrs Amanda Ponsonby MBE[2] (2020–21)
Area2,605 km2 (1,006 sq mi)
  Ranked22nd of 48
Population (mid-2019 est.)687,524
  Ranked35th of 48
Density264/km2 (680/sq mi)
Ethnicity90.9% White, 4.8% Asian/Asian British[3]
Non-metropolitan county
County councilOxfordshire County Council[4]
ExecutiveLiberal Democrat Green Alliance
Admin HQOxford
Area2,605 km2 (1,006 sq mi)
  Ranked15th of 26
Population691,667
  Ranked17th of 26
Density266/km2 (690/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2GB-OXF
ONS code38
ITLUKJ14
Websitewww.oxfordshire.gov.uk
Districts

Districts of Oxfordshire
Districts
  1. City of Oxford
  2. Cherwell
  3. South Oxfordshire
  4. Vale of White Horse
  5. West Oxfordshire

The county has major education and tourist industries and is noted for concentrations of performance motorsport, car manufacturing and technology companies. The University of Oxford is widely considered one of the leading universities in the world and is linked to a concentration of local technology and science activities at locations such as the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, while Oxford University Press is the largest among a concentration of print and publishing firms.

As well as the city of Oxford, other centres of population are Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington and Chipping Norton to the north of Oxford; Carterton and Witney to the west; Thame and Chinnor to the east; and Abingdon-on-Thames, Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames to the south. All its zones south of the Thames: the Vale of White Horse and parts of South Oxfordshire were within the historic county of Berkshire, including the highest point, the 261-metre (856 ft) White Horse Hill.[5]

Oxfordshire's county flower is the snake's-head fritillary.[6]


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