Greater Manchester is one of the largest policing areas within England and Wales covering an area of nearly 500 square miles. It is home to approximately 2.8 million people, forming 1.2 million households. This makes Greater Manchester the second-largest city region in the UK and home to almost 5% of the UK population.
While the region has some rural and remote areas, it is a predominantly urban conurbation that comprises the two cities of Manchester and Salford, surrounded by eight large metropolitan areas which are: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan.
Although a single functioning economic area, one of the hallmarks of Greater Manchester is its great variety and diversity: whether in its people (its residents, student populations, those who travel in for work, and those who choose to visit); or its places (its neighbourhoods, town centres, amenities, cultural attractions and green spaces).