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Watford (/ˈwɒtfərd/) is a town and borough in Hertfordshire, England, situated 17 miles (27 km) northwest of central London and inside the circumference of the M25 motorway. It is not to be confused with Watford, Northamptonshire which is 55 miles to the north. The town developed along a road running uphill from a ford of the River Colne. The land belonged to St Albans Abbey until the 16th century. In the 12th century the Abbey was granted a charter allowing it to hold a market here, and the building of St Mary's Church began. The town grew modestly, assisted by travellers passing through to Berkhamsted Castle and the royal palace at Kings Langley. A big house was built at Cassiobury in the 16th century. This was partly rebuilt in the 17th century and another substantial house was built nearby at The Grove. Connections with the Grand Junction Canal (from 1798) and the London and Birmingham Railway (from 1837) allowed the town to grow more rapidly, with paper-making mills, such as John Dickinson and Co. at Croxley, influencing the development of printing in the town which continues today. Two industrial-scale brewers Benskins and Sedgwicks flourished in the town until their closure in the late 20th century. Today Watford is a major regional centre for the northern home counties. Hertfordshire County Council designates Watford, along with Stevenage, to be its major sub-regional centre. Several head offices of national companies and multi-nationals are based in Watford. Both the 2006 World Golf Championship and the 2013 Bilderberg Conference took place at The Grove hotel. Watford was created as an urban district under the Local Government Act 1894, and became a municipal borough by grant of a charter in 1922. The borough had 90,301 inhabitants at the time of the 2011 census. The borough is separated from Greater London to the south by the urbanised parish of Watford Rural in the Three Rivers District. The Watford subdivision of the Greater London Urban Area, which includes much of the neighbouring districts, had a total population of 120,960 in the 2001 census. Watford Borough Council is the local authority, with a directly elected mayor as head. The Mayor of Watford is one of only 18 directly elected mayors in England; Dorothy Thornhill has been the mayor since the directly elected system was set up in May 2002, and is both the first Liberal Democrat and first female directly elected mayor in the United Kingdom. Watford elects one Member of Parliament (MP) for the Watford constituency. Prior to the establishment of this constituency in 1885 the area was part of the three-seat constituency of Hertfordshire.

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Is Watford in United Kingdom on your travel bucket list? This online travel guide is all you need to have before planning your trip. After your splendid visit to Watford, you can proceed to an important near-by city of London. Add London to your vacation plan, it has an interesting bunch of activities to do on your visit like The London Eye, British Museum, Tower Of London. Tour packages of Watford are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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Facts and Stats for Watford*

  • Pollution Statistics in Watford

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

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 75 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Watford: Crime and Safety

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

    • Burglary and Theft 36.11 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 22.22 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 22.22 (Low)
    • Drug offense 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.89 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 69.44 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.88 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 30.56 (Low)
  • Living in Watford - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 75.72 (High)
    • Pollution Index 22.41 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 36.67 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 16.53 (Very 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 Watford

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.99 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.75 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 66.62 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 86.11 USD

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

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