- The Black Country sits at the heart of England and covers 356 sq km, bigger than both Cyprus and Estonia.
- It is comprised of the Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and the City of Wolverhampton.
- Easily accessible by all modes of transport, the Black Country is at the heart of the West Midlands transport hub and the M5 and M6 motorways.
- The Black Country is surprisingly green with 5,411 hectares of open, public green space including 900 hectares of nature reserves and an extensive canal network, covering 177km.
- The Black Country is home to over 1.17m people living in nearly 488,000 households and after years of decline, the population is increasing.
- We are a very diverse community with some 23% of people from Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) origins.
- Apprenticeship starts in the Black Country are increasing at a faster rate than the national average.
- Today, some 35,000 businesses generate £20.2bn of Gross Value Added. The area has a relatively vibrant private sector, including many family owned businesses.
- 446,000 people work in the Black Country.
- Manufacturing remains twice as important in the Black Country compared to nationally accounting for 14.8% of jobs (8.1% nationally).
The Black Country is a functional economic area. 76% of working Black Country residents now travel to work within the Black Country and a similar proportion of managers and professionals in Black Country companies live in the area.