Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs.) is a ceremonial county in the East of England and East Anglia. It is bordered by Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the north-east, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west.
The county has an area of and a population of 852,523. The largest settlements are the cities of Peterborough (179,349) and Cambridge (145,674), located in the north-west and south respectively. The remainder of the county is rural, and contains the city of Ely (20,112) and towns such as Wisbech and St Neots. For administrative purposes most of Cambridgeshire is a two-tier county governed by Cambridgeshire County Council and five borough councils, with Peterborough governed as a unitary authority by Peterborough City Council. The local authorities collaborate through Cambridgeshire and Peterbrough Combined Authority. The historic county did not include Huntingdonshire or the Soke of Peterborough, which wa