As the 3rd largest county in the UK by population but only the 39th by total area, Greater Manchester has a population density of over 2,000 people per square kilometre. Yet the county is made up of much more than just the city of Manchester: only 498,800 of the 2.6m total residents of the county live in the city itself.
Greater Manchester, and the city of Manchester in particular, has a proud history of obsession with sports. Most prominently, two of the top-and most rivalrous-football teams in the Premier League hail from the city: Manchester United and Manchester City. Beyond football, Manchester played host to the 2002 Commonwealth Games. At the time, the £200m investment into sporting facilities and £470m into local infrastructure made this the most expensive sporting event held in the UK, ever. (This record has been more than slightly blown away since.)
Greater Manchester is also home to much art and culture. Overall, sport, art, culture and tourism together provide 16% of total employment in the county, and outside of London it has the highest number of theatre seats per county resident.