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is a city and metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. In
2001 Leeds' main urban subdivision had a population of 443,247.
while the entire city has a population of 798,800 (2011 est.).
is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the West
Yorkshire Urban Area, which at the 2001 census had a population
of 1.5 million, and the Leeds-Bradford Metropolitan Area, of
which Leeds is the integral part, had a population of around 2.3
million, making it the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the
United Kingdom. In addition, the Leeds City Region, an economic
area with Leeds at its core, had a population of 2.9 million.
Leeds is the UK's largest centre for business, legal, and
financial services outside London, and its office market is the
best in Europe for value. Leeds is considered a Gamma World City,
alongside cities such as Phoenix, St. Petersburg and Valencia.
a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Leeds can trace its
recorded history to the 5th century when the Kingdom of Elmet was
covered by the forest of "Loidis", the origin of the
name Leeds. The name has been applied to many administrative
entities over the centuries. It changed from being the
appellation of a small manorial borough, in the 13th century,
through several incarnations, to being the name attached to the
present metropolitan borough. In the 17th and 18th centuries
Leeds became a major centre for the production and trading of
wool. Then, during the Industrial Revolution, Leeds developed
into a major industrial centre; wool was still the dominant
industry but flax, engineering, iron foundries, printing, and
other industries were important. From being a compact market town
in the valley of the River Aire in the 16th century Leeds
expanded and absorbed the surrounding villages to become a
populous urban centre by the mid-20th century.
transport, rail and road communications networks in the region
are focused on Leeds and there are a number of twinning
arrangements with towns and cities in other countries. Its
assigned role in the Leeds City Region partnership recognises the
city's importance to regional economic development.
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