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Cornwall (/ˈkɔːrnwɔːl/ or /ˈkɔːrnwəl/; Cornish: Kernow, [ˈkɛɹnɔʊ]) is a ceremonial county and unitary authority area of England within the United Kingdom. It is bordered to the north and west by the Celtic Sea, to the south by the English Channel, and to the east by the county of Devon, over the River Tamar. Cornwall has a population of 536,000 and covers an area of 3,563 km2 (1,376 sq mi). The administrative centre, and only city in Cornwall, is Truro, although the town of Falmouth has the largest population for a civil parish and the conurbation of Camborne, Pool and Redruth has the highest total population. Cornwall forms the westernmost part of the south-west peninsula of the island of Great Britain, and a large part of the Cornubian batholith is within Cornwall. This area was first inhabited in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods. It continued to be occupied by Neolithic and then Bronze Age peoples, and later (in the Iron Age) by Brythons with distinctive cultural relations to neighbouring Wales and Brittany. There is little evidence that Roman rule was effective west of Exeter and few Roman remains have been found. Cornwall was the home of a division of the Dumnonii tribe – whose tribal centre was in the modern county of Devon – known as the Cornovii, separated from the Brythons of Wales after the Battle of Deorham, often coming into conflict with the expanding kingdom of Wessex before King Athelstan in AD 936 set the boundary between English and Cornish at the high water mark of the eastern bank of the River Tamar. From the early Middle Ages, British language and culture was apparently shared by Brythons trading across both sides of the Channel, evidenced by the corresponding high medieval Breton kingdoms of Domnonée and Cornouaille and the Celtic Christianity common to both territories. Historically tin mining was important in the Cornish economy, becoming increasingly significant during the High Middle Ages and expanding greatly during the 19th century when rich copper mines were also in production. In the mid-19th century, however, the tin and copper mines entered a period of decline. Subsequently, china clay extraction became more important and metal mining had virtually ended by the 1990s. Traditionally, fishing (particularly of pilchards) and agriculture (notably dairy products and vegetables) were the other important sectors of the economy. Railways led to a growth of tourism in the 20th century; however, Cornwall's economy struggled after the decline of the mining and fishing industries. The area is noted for its wild moorland landscapes, its long and varied coastline, its attractive villages, its many place-names derived from the Cornish language, and its very mild climate. Extensive stretches of Cornwall's coastline, and Bodmin Moor, are protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cornwall is the homeland of the Cornish people and is recognised as one of the Celtic nations, retaining a distinct cultural identity that reflects its history. Some people question the present constitutional status of Cornwall, and a nationalist movement seeks greater autonomy within the United Kingdom in the form of a devolved legislative Cornish Assembly. On 24 April 2014 it was announced that Cornish people will be granted minority status under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

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Home to some of the most beautiful ocean arches, Cornwall is where terrestrial limits meet the pelagic boundaries. If you are someone who is in awe of all things floral, pasture-y, you are bound to love Cornwall tourism with its gardens, eco-parks all having unique characteristics like subtropical trees, adventure play areas and seasonal blooms. While these make for the right place to be to enjoy the warm sunlight through the day, the beaches are soothing, to say the least, for a rejuvenating walk during sunset. As you explore around this land of beaches and gardens, you will also come across surreal sites of granite moorlands. This place has something for everyone. If you are planning holidays in Cornwall the kids, don’t forget to take them to the Seal Sanctuary, the many castles around the city and an amazing amusement park of The Flambards Experience!

 

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Facts and Stats for Cornwall*

  • Pollution Statistics in Cornwall

    Know the pollution level of Cornwall before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 23.33 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 15 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 40 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 45 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 30 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 13.46 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 27.5 (Low)
  • Cornwall: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Cornwall for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cornwall.

    • Burglary and Theft 34.38 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 27.94 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 27.94 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 20.31 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 37.5 (Low)
    • Attacks 36.76 (Low)
    • Drug offense 55.88 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.24 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 55.88 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.18 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 45.59 (Moderate)
  • Living in Cornwall - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Cornwall is 180.93 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 64.52 (High)
    • Climate Index 88.64 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 27.32 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 40.71 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 71.65 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 74.07 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.82 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 107.61 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Cornwall

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cornwall

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.19 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.43 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.3 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 83.28 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 53.35 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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