SURREY

Surrey is a county in the South East of England and one of the Home Counties with its historic county town of Guildford.  The county borders Greater London, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Its largest town is Guildford followed by the towns of Woking, Ewell and Camberley.  Due to the county’s proximity to London there are many commuter towns and villages but the population density is high.

The county is divided in two by the chalk ridge of the North Downs, running East to West. The ridge is pierced by Surrey’s Rivers, the Wey and the Mole, which are tributaries of the River Thames.

Surrey is a popular horse racing county with the Epsom Downs racecourse being the venue for the most prestigious event in British flat horse racing, the Derby, which has been held there annually since 1780.

Surrey is an affluent county with a service based economy closely tied to that of London. Surrey has the highest GDP per capita of any county and the highest cost of living in the United Kingdom outside of the capital. The county is said to have the highest proportion of millionaires in the United Kingdom.