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Cheshire enjoys a diverse economy with significant sectors including agriculture, automotive, bio-technology, chemical, financial services, food and drink, ICT, and tourism. The county is famous for the production of Cheshire cheese, salt and silk. Cheshire is a mainly rural county, with a high concentration of villages. Agriculture is generally based on the dairy trade, and cattle are the predominant livestock.
Salt is still mined in Cheshire by British Salt and has led to a continued chemical industry around Northwich. The Shell Stanlow Refinery is at Ellesmere Port. Crewe is home of Bentley cars and manufacturing plants for Jaguar and Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port. The county also has an aircraft industry, with the BAE Systems facility at Woodford Aerodrome, Tourism in Cheshire from within the UK and overseas continues to perform strongly.
Cheshire is considered to be an affluent county due to its close proximity to the cities of Manchester and Liverpool. The main railway line through the county is the West Coast Main Line, where many trains call at Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay between London and Scotland. Serviced offices in Cheshire are served by the M6, M62, M53 and M56 motorways, with 23 interchanges and four service areas.