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Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice, and makes Essex the ideal place for your career.

With a growth area in the south and Stansted to the west, Essex is home to over 50,000 businesses providing over 500,000 jobs. Each year, our county contributes more than £20 billion to the national economy and our population is set to increase by nearly a fifth between 2008 and 2025, rising to 1.65 million.

Part rural, part conurbation, we have a quarter of the population of the East of England yet almost 75% of the land area is agricultural. The south-east of the county has the highest concentration of people – with one third of a million people living in an area of 40 square miles – and the Thames Gateway is Europe's largest regeneration area.

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Working in Essex

The county of Essex is a great place to live and work. It has diverse rural and urban economies cover 1,300 square miles, from the Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, and the M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. While we are the second most populated county in England and home to 1.4 million people, which accounts for a quarter of the population of the East of England, almost 75 per cent of the landscape is agricultural.

Four historic towns – Colchester for being England’s oldest recorded town, Basildon and Harlow for being two of its newest and Chelmsford, the birthplace of radio – can be found in Essex and these are all also major population centres.

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