Bradford is a city in the north of England in the county of West Yorkshire. From an entry in the Domesday Book "IIlbert hath it - it is a waste" Bradford has grown to a population of 486,400. Bradford-Leeds is now England's 4th largest metropolitan area. It has a large number of recent immigrants, and approximately 19% of the population are from ethnic minority groups.
Bill Bryson commented in his book Notes from a Small Island that Bradford's role was to make everywhere else look good by comparison (though as Mr Bryson is familiar with Keighley, one has to wonder about his judgement).
It is home to the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.
Bradford was the birthplace of the writers J. B. Priestley and John Braine and the composer Frederick Delius. Priestley is commemorated by a statue in the city. Wm Morrison Supermarkets also originated in Bradford.
Bradford is the birthplace of the rock band Terrorvision and of Richard Whiteley, the host of Countdown.