Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in
the North West of England. It takes its name from the city of
Lancaster, and is sometimes known as the County of Lancaster.
Although Lancaster is still considered to be the county town,
Lancashire County Council is based in Preston. Lancashire is
sometimes referred to by the abbreviation Lancs, as originally used
by the Royal Mail. The population of the county is 1,449,300. People
from the county are known as Lancastrians.