Chelmsford has an estimated urban population of 112,00 people and 174,000 people in the borough. Chelmsford City is the county town of Essex, in the East of England.
Approximately 30 miles (48 km) northeast of London 22 miles (35 km) from Colchester.
The main conurbation of Chelmsford incorporates all or part of the former parishes of Broomfield, Great Baddow, Galleywood, Writtle, Moulsham, Widford, and Springfield and Chelmer Village.
Chelmsford’s population consists of many City and Docklands commuters, attracted by the 35 minutes journey into Central London via the Great Eastern Main Line railway. The same journey takes approximately 60 minutes by road via the A12.
On 14 March 2012, Lord President of the Privy Council and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that Chelmsford was to be granted city status to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The City status awarded under stiff competition from a sparing town including Blackpool, Colchester, Croydon, Gateshead, Ipswich, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Reading and Swindon.