- 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 1.1m people living in 440,000 households and after years of decline, the population is increasing.
- We are a very diverse community with some 15% of people from Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) origins.
- GCSE performance in Black Country schools is rising faster than the national rate.
- Today, some 36,000 businesses generate £17bn of Gross Value Added. The area has a relatively vibrant private sector, including many family owned businesses.
- 433,700 people work in the Black Country.
- Manufacturing remains twice as important in the Black Country compared to nationally accounting for 12% of total businesses & 17% of jobs (6% & 10% nationally).
- The Black Country has won many major London 2012 contracts when compared to other areas outside London.
The Black Country is a functional economic area. Over 75% 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.