Merseyside is a metropolitan county in North West England,
with a population of 1,381,200. It encompasses the metropolitan area
centered on both banks of the lower reaches of the Mersey Estuary,
and comprises five metropolitan boroughs: Knowsley, St Helens,
Sefton, Wirral, and the city of Liverpool. Merseyside, which was
created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act
1972, takes its name from the River Mersey.