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Full nameOxford
Official nameOxford
Settlement typeCity
Motto"Fortis est veritas" "Truth is strength"
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Ceremonial countyOxfordshire
Admin HQOxford City Centre
Founded8th century
City status1542
Governing bodyOxford City Council
Lord Mayor

Deputy Lord Mayor
Cllr Elise Benjamin (2010 2011) (Green Party)
Sheriff of OxfordJean Fooks (LD)

Council Leader
Cllr Bob Price
MPsNicola Blackwood (C)
Andrew Smith (L)
Total Area17.6 sq mi (45.59 km2)
Total Population  (Ranked   of  ) ( )
Density (pop.)3270/km2 (8469.3/sq mi)
(2005 Estimates
73.0% White British
9.1% Other White
5.7% South Asian
3.0% Black
2.9% Chinese
2.7% Mixed Race
1.9% Other
1.8% White Irish
Other information
Time zoneGMT (UTC0)
- Summer (DST)BST (UTC+1)
Area code01865
ISO 3166-2GB-OXF
ONS code38UC
OS grid reference 

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The city of Oxford c-enaudio=en-uk-Oxford.oggˈɒksfərd is the county town of Oxfordshire, England. The city, made prominent by its medieval university, has a population of just under 165,000, with 153,900 living within the district boundary. It lies about 50 miles (80km) north-west of London. The rivers Cherwell and Thames run through Oxford and meet south of the city centre. For a distance of some 10 mi (16.1 km) along the river, in the vicinity of Oxford, the Thames is known as the Isis.

Buildings in Oxford demonstrate an example of every English architectural period since the arrival of the Saxons, including the iconic, mid-18th century Radcliffe Camera. Oxford is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold in reference to the harmonious architecture of Oxford's university buildings. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

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