The city is positioned on the River Soar and is at the edge of the National Forest. In 2004, its population was estimated to be at 285,100, with 441,213 living in the wider Leister Urban Area. It is the most populated city in the East Midlands.

Ancient Roman pavements and baths still remain in Leicester from its early settlement known as, Ratae Corielauvorum, a Roman military base in a region colonized by the Celtic Corieltauvi tribe. Following the down fall of Roman society the early medieval Ratae Corieltauvorum is cloaked in mystery, but when it was captured by the Danes it became one of five fortified cityís important to the Dane law. The name "Leicester" is thought to of developed from the words castra of the Ligore, meaning a camp on the River Legro; an early name for the River Soar. Leicester is displayed in the Doomsday Book as Ledecestre. Leicester kept growing throughout the Early Modern period as a market town. However it was the Industrial Revolution caused large scale unplanned urbanisation.

A newly built railway and canal network routed through Leicester sparked industrial growth through the 19th century. Leicester became a major economic centre with a broad range of manufacturers in engineering, hosiery production and show making. Leicesterís economic success, due to these industries, led to a significant increase in urban expansion throughout the surrounding area and countryside. Therefore extending Leicesterís boundaries between the 19th and 20th centuries, becoming a county borough in 1889, then granted city status in 1919.

Today, Leicester is a prosperous city, located on the Midland Main Line and quite close to the M1. Leicester is an ethnically diverse population, the product of immigration since World War Two. A large proportion of Leicesterís population is from the South Asian community, and as such many Sikh, Hindu and Muslim places of worship. Leicester is also a centre of education, supporting Leicester University and Loughborough, which is nearby.

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