The East Midlands is one of nine official regions of England at the first level of NUTS for statistical purposes. The eastern part of the Midlands, the region consists of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (excluding South Humber), Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.
The region has an area of 15,627 km² (6,033 sq mi), and is home to over 4.5 million people (2011). There are four municipalities that have had city status conferred; Derby, Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham. Other major boroughs and towns include Boston, Chesterfield, Corby, Grantham, Hinckley, Kettering, Loughborough, Mansfield, Northampton (albeit with double the number of inhabitants as has the city of Lincoln) and Wellingborough. The region’s proximity to London and its connectivity on the national motorway and trunk road networks help the East Midlands thrive as an economic hub. It is also the location of East Midlands Airport in north Leicestershire towards the centre of the region/country.
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