What's it like to live in West Midlands?
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The West Midlands is made up of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. Its main cities are Birmingham, Coventry, and Wolverhampton.
It’s the most diverse part of the country behind London, with a proud multicultural history: from the birth of Two-Tone music – a combination of Caribbean ska and English punk – in Coventry, to the Balti curry, courtesy of Birmingham’s Pakistani community.
Once the heart of heavy industry and manufacturing, Peaky Blinders fans will be familiar with the region’s murky criminal underworld in the early 20th century. Although you might be surprised to learn that Birmingham is one of the youngest cities in Europe, with over 40% under 25 years old.