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"Home counties" refers to the counties that border or surround Londonmarker, Englandmarker but not including the United Kingdommarker's capital city itself. There is no exact definition of the term and the composition of the 'home counties' is sometimes a matter of debate.

Origin of the term

The term originated in the late nineteenth century, and is probably derived from the Home Circuit of the itinerant Assize Court.

Population of the Home Counties

The population of the home counties, although diverse, is sometimes stereotyped as exclusively white, middle class, Conservative Party supporters who speak with a 'home counties accent'. In fact, the home counties include a wide variety of peoples of different social and ethnic backgrounds, as well as political views.

Official use of the term

There is no official definition of the "home counties". However, the term has been used in legislation and the administration of the armed forces during the twentieth century as follows:

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