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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Devon Facts & Figures

Devon is the third largest English county with a population of around 1.1 million people, the 11th largest county in England by population.

Exeter is the county town with a population of approximately 120,000.

Exeter High Street

The largest towns in Devon are Plymouth (244,000), Exeter and Torquay (63,000).

Over 98% of the inhabitants of Devon are white.

Located in the south west of England, Devon is bordered by Cornwall to the west and Somerset and Dorset to the east.

Devon's universities and colleges include Exeter University, Dartington College of Arts, East Devon College, Exeter College, Plymouth College of Art and Design, Plymouth College of Further Education, South Devon College, Tavistock College, University of Plymouth.

Devon's three main football teams are Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City and Torquay United.

Devon's traditional industries were agriculture, fishing and mining. Now tourism and services are the major components of Devon's economy. Tourism generates over a billion pounds in revenue for the area annually.

By car, the M5 motorway is Devon's major link with the rest of Britain. The M5 links with the M6, M4, M50, M49 and M42 motorways.

By air, Exeter International Airport has flights to Belfast, Glasgow, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle airports. There are also flights to the Isles of Sicily and the Channel Islands.

By rail, Exeter St. David's has trains to London Paddington (2 hours, 45 minutes).

By bus, there are frequent National Express buses to London Victoria from Exeter (4 hours, 30 minutes).

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