The West Midlands is a metropolitan county in western central
England with a 2011 estimated population of 2,738,100. It came into
existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the
Local Government Act 1972, formed from parts of Staffordshire,
Worcestershire and Warwickshire. The West Midlands County Council
was abolished on 31 March 1986, and so its districts (the
metropolitan boroughs) are now effectively unitary authorities.
However, the metropolitan county continues to exist in law and as a
geographic frame of reference.