Warwick is the county town of West Midlands county Warwickshire, although the largest town is Nuneaton. The north and the centre of the county are the most populated areas and the traditional industries including cement production, coal mining, engineering and textiles are declining in favour of light to medium industries, distribution centres and services.
Stratford-upon-Avon is known worldwide as the birthplace of William Shakespeare and Victorian writer George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) was born in Nuneaton. Tourism is also important in the towns of Alcester, Kenilworth, Royal Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick. The cities of Coventry and Birmingham, once part of the county, are now unitary authorities in their own right.