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Oxfordshire is a county in South East England bordering on Warwickshire , Northamptonshire , Buckinghamshire , Berkshire , Wiltshire and Gloucestershire .

Oxfordshire
County
County Flag of Oxfordshire.svg
Flag
Motto: Sapere Aude ('Dare to be Wise')
Oxfordshire UK locator map 2010.svg
Oxfordshire in England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country England
Region South East England
Ceremonial county
Area 2,605 km (1,006 sq mi)
 • Ranked 22nd of 48
Population (mid-2014 est.) 654,800
 • Ranked 35th of 48
Density 251/km (650/sq mi)
Ethnicity 95.1% White
1.7% S. Asian
Non-metropolitan county
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Oxfordshire County Council
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Executive Conservative
Admin HQ Oxford
Area 2,605 km (1,006 sq mi)
 • Ranked 19th of 27
Population 654,800
 • Ranked 16th of 27
Density 251/km (650/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2 GB-OXF
ONS code 38
NUTS UKJ14
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Unitary County council area
Districts of Oxfordshire
Districts
  1. City of Oxford
  2. Cherwell
  3. South Oxfordshire
  4. Vale of White Horse
  5. West Oxfordshire
Members of Parliament
Time zone GMT (UTC)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)

Oxfordshire (/ˈɒksfərdʃər/ or /ˈɒksfərdʃɪər/; abbreviated Oxon) is a county in South East England bordering on Warwickshire (to the north/north-west), Northamptonshire (to the north/north-east), Buckinghamshire (to the east), Berkshire (to the south), Wiltshire (to the south-west) and Gloucestershire (to the west).

The county has major education and tourist industries and is noted for the concentration of performance motorsport companies and facilities. Oxford University Press is the largest firm among a concentration of print and publishing firms; the University of Oxford is also linked to the concentration of local biotechnology companies.

The main centre of population is the city of Oxford. Other significant settlements are Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington and Chipping Norton to the north of Oxford; Carterton and Witney to the west; Thame and Chinnor to the east; and Abingdon, Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames to the south.

The highest point is White Horse Hill, in the Vale of White Horse, reaching 261 metres (856 ft).

Oxfordshire's county flower is the Snake's-head Fritillary.