The county of Oxford is situated in the South East region of England and has a population of over 639,000. The county town is Oxford and this is where Oxfordshire County Council is based. The county shares borders with Warwickshire and Northamptonshire to the north and northwest, Buckinghamshire to the east, Berkshire to the south, Wiltshire to the southwest and Gloucestershire to the west. House prices in Oxford are in line with the national average at £299,000. Detached and semi-detached houses are common in the more rural areas and the average price for a detached house is £453,000. Flats and terraced houses are more frequently available in the larger towns and cities. The average price for a flat is £201,000 and average monthly rental costs for a property are £1,170. more
The population of the county is more concentrated in the city of Oxford. Other notable towns include Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington, Abingdon and Wallingford. The economy in Oxford is focused on brewing, engineering and tourism. The suburb of Cowley has a history of manufacturing cars and now produces the BMW Mini. Oxfordshire is also home to a number of performance motorsport companies including Menard Competition Technologies, Formtech Composites Ltd and Williams F1. The Oxford University Press is the largest University printing press in the world and one of many print and publishing companies in the county. The University of Oxford is also linked to a number of biotechnology companies.
Tourism is strong within the county, in particular in the city of Oxfordshire. Many people come to visit the historic institution of Oxford University; the university is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The college of Christ Church is perhaps the most famous and provided inspiration for Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter films.
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|Largest County City:||Oxford|
|Population density:||219 / km²|