Coventry is a City status in the United Kingdom and metropolitan borough in the county of West Midlands (county) in England. Coventry is the 9th largest city in England and the 11th largest in the United Kingdom.List of English cities by population from census 2001 figures It is also the second largest city in the English Midlands, after Birmingham, with a population of 300,848, 2001 Census Statistics although both Leicester and Nottingham have larger urban areas. The population of Coventry has risen to 309,800 as of 2008.
Coventry is situated northwest of London and east of Birmingham, and is further from the coast than any other City status in the United Kingdom. Although harbouring a population of almost a third of a million inhabitants, Coventry is not amongst the English Core Cities Group due to its proximity to Birmingham.
Coventry was the world's first 'twin city' when it formed a twinning relationship with the Russian city of Volgograd (now Volgograd) during World War II. The relationship developed through ordinary people in Coventry who wanted to show their support for the Soviet Union Red Army during the Battle of Stalingrad. The city is now also twinned with Dresden, Lidice and with 26 other cities around the world.
Coventry Cathedral is one of the newer cathedrals in the world, having been built following the World War II bombing of the ancient cathedral by the Luftwaffe. Coventry motor companies have contributed significantly to the British motor industry, and it has two universities, the city centre-based Coventry University and the University of Warwick on the southern outskirts.