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
ceremonial county is 1,449,300. People from the county are known as Lancastrians.