Worcestershire flag.svgWorcsCoatArms.jpg
FlagCoat of arms
Worcestershire within England
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionWest Midlands
Ceremonial county
High SheriffEdward Holloway[1] (2019–2020)
Area1,741 km2 (672 sq mi)
 • Ranked34th of 48
Population (mid-2018 est.)588,400
 • Ranked38th of 48
Density338/km2 (880/sq mi)
Ethnicity91.25% White British
3.25% Other
2.86% Asian
1.26% Mixed
1.06% Black
0.32% Chinese [2]
Non-metropolitan county
County councilWorcestershire County Council[3]
Admin HQWorcester
Area1,741 km2 (672 sq mi)
 • Ranked23rd of 27
 • Ranked21st of 27
Density338/km2 (880/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2GB-WOR
ONS code47
Worcestershire UK district map numbered.svg
Districts of Worcestershire
  1. Worcester
  2. Malvern Hills
  3. Wyre Forest
  4. Bromsgrove
  5. Redditch
  6. Wychavon
Members of Parliament
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time (UTC)
 • Summer (DST)British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Worcestershire (ər/ (About this soundlisten) WUUS-tər-shər, ɪər/ -⁠sheer; written abbreviation: Worcs) is a county in the West Midlands of England.

The cathedral city of Worcester is the largest settlement and county town. Other major towns in the county include Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Evesham, Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch, and Stourport-on-Severn. The north-east of Worcestershire includes part of the industrial West Midlands; the rest of the county is largely rural. The county is divided into six administrative districts: Worcester, Redditch, Wychavon, Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest, and Bromsgrove.

The area that is now Worcestershire was absorbed into the unified Kingdom of England in 927, at which time it was constituted as a county (see History of Worcestershire). Over the centuries the county borders have been modified, but it was not until 1844 that substantial changes were made. This culminated with the abolition of Worcestershire in 1974 with its northern area becoming part of the West Midlands and the rest part of the county of Hereford and Worcester. However in 1998 the county of Hereford and Worcester was abolished and Worcestershire was reconstituted without the northern area ceded to the West Midlands.


The county borders Herefordshire to the west, Shropshire to the north-west, Staffordshire only just to the north, West Midlands to the north and north-east, Warwickshire to the east and Gloucestershire to the south. The western border with Herefordshire includes a stretch along the top of the Malvern Hills. At the southern border with Gloucestershire, Worcestershire meets the northern edge of the Cotswolds. Two major rivers flow through the county: the Severn and the Avon.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Worcestershire
العربية: ورشستر
asturianu: Worcestershire
Bân-lâm-gú: Worcestershire
български: Устършър
brezhoneg: Worcestershire
čeština: Worcestershire
español: Worcestershire
Esperanto: Worcestershire
فارسی: ووسترشر
français: Worcestershire
한국어: 우스터셔주
हिन्दी: वॉस्टरशायर
Bahasa Indonesia: Worcestershire
interlingua: Worcestershire
íslenska: Worcestershire
italiano: Worcestershire
עברית: ווסטרשייר
kernowek: Worcestershire
latviešu: Vusteršīra
Lëtzebuergesch: Worcestershire
lietuvių: Vusteršyras
Nederlands: Worcestershire
Nordfriisk: Worcestershire
norsk nynorsk: Worcestershire
português: Worcestershire
română: Worcestershire
русский: Вустершир
sicilianu: Worcestershire
Simple English: Worcestershire
slovenčina: Worcestershire
српски / srpski: Вустершир
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Worcestershire
татарча/tatarça: Вустершир
Türkçe: Worcestershire
українська: Вустершир
Tiếng Việt: Worcestershire
Volapük: Worcestershire
吴语: 伍斯特郡
粵語: 窩士打郡
中文: 伍斯特郡