Hereford is a cathedral city and is the county town of Herefordshire. The county is one of the most rural and sparsely populated in England. The land use is predominantly agricultural and the county is well known for its fruit and cider production, and the Hereford cattle breed.
Some well-known cider produces are based in Herefordshire; among these are Weston's cider of Much Marcle, and Bulmer's cider from Hereford, which produces the UK market leader Strongbow.
Most employment in Herefordshire is in agriculture, manufacturing and services. Cargill Meats and H.P Bulmers are two of the largest private sector employers, with the Council and NHS being the largest public sector employers.
The M50, one of the first motorways to be built in the UK, runs through the south of the county and, with the A40 dual carriageway, forms part of the major route linking serviced offices in Herefordshire with Gloucester, Oxford and most importantly, London.