In the North West of England, Cheshire shares its western border with Wales and is surrounded by five English counties. A primarily rural county, there are a few large towns along the River Mersey, including the largest Warrington, and Chester is the county town.
There is a diverse local economy that includes agriculture with cattle being the chief livestock and dairy produce the prime trade. Alongside the automotive, biotechnology and chemical industries, other employment areas include financial services, food and drink (notably Cheshire cheese and salt), information and communications technology and tourism. Silk is also produced in Cheshire.
Close to Liverpool and Manchester, Cheshire is home to many people who work in one of the cities.