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Full nameLiverpool
Official nameLiverpool
Settlement typeMetropolitan borough & City
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyMerseyside
Admin HQLiverpool City Centre
City Status1880
TypeMetropolitan borough, City
Governing bodyLiverpool City Council
CouncilCllr Joe Anderson (Lab)
MPs:Steve Rotherham (Lab),
Stephen Twigg (Lab),
Louise Ellman (Lab),
Luciana Berger (Lab),
Maria Eagle (Lab)
Total Area43.2 sq mi (111.84 km2)
Elevation230 ft (70.1 m)
Total Population  (Ranked  ) (2007 est / Urban=2006)
Density (pop.)3889/km2 (10072.5/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)816900
Metro (pop.)1103089
(June 2009 estimates)
Ethnic groups
91.0% White
86.3% White British
1.0% White Irish
3.7% Other White

2.0% Mixed
0.6% Black Caribbean & White
0.4% Black African & White
0.5% South Asian & White
0.5% Other Mixed

3.0% Asian or Asian British
1.5% Indian
0.7% Pakistani
0.3% Bangladeshi
0.5% Other Asian

1.9% Black or Black British
0.5% Black Caribbean
1.1% Black African
0.3% Other Black

2.1% Chinese or Other
1.1% Chinese
1.0% Other
Other information
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
- Summer (DST)British Summer Time (UTC+1)
Postal CodeL postcode area
Area code0151
ISO 3166-2GB-LIV
ONS code00BY
OS grid reference 

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Liverpool (c-eniconˈlɪvəpuːl) is a city and metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. It was founded as a borough in 1207 and was granted city status in 1880. As of 2001 Liverpool had a population of 435,500, and lies at the centre of the wider Liverpool Urban Area, which had a population of 816,216.

Historically a part of Lancashire, the urbanisation and expansion of Liverpool were both largely brought about by the city's status as a major port. By the 18th century, trade from the West Indies, Ireland and mainland Europe coupled with close links with the Atlantic Slave Trade furthered the economic expansion of Liverpool. By the early 19th century, 40% of the world's trade passed through Liverpool's docks, contributing to Liverpool's rise as a major city.

Inhabitants of Liverpool are referred to as Liverpudlians but are also colloquially known as "Scousers", in reference to the local dish known as "scouse", a form of stew. The word "Scouse" has also become synonymous with the Liverpool accent and dialect. Liverpool's status as a port city has contributed to its diverse population, which, historically, were drawn from a wide range of peoples, cultures, and religions, particularly those from Ireland. The city is also home to the oldest Black African community in the country and the oldest Chinese community in Europe.

The popularity of The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and the other groups from the Merseybeat era contributes to Liverpool's status as a tourist destination; tourism forms a significant part of the city's modern economy. The city celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2007, and it held the European Capital of Culture title together with Stavanger, Norway, in 2008.

Several areas of the city centre were granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2004. Referred to as the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, the site comprises six separate locations in the city including the Pier Head, Albert Dock and William Brown Street and includes many of the city's most famous landmarks.

Liverpool is also the home of two Premier League football clubs, Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C.. Matches between the two clubs are known as the Merseyside derby.

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