Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire, in the East of England. It is a large town and the administrative centre for the wider Borough of Bedford. According to the former Bedfordshire County Council's estimates, the town had a population of 79,190 in mid 2005, with 19,720 in the adjacent town of Kempston.
The Bedford Urban Area which includes Kempston, Elstow and Biddenham forms the 69th largest Urban Area in the UK with a population of 104,548. The wider borough, including a rural area, had a population of 153,000.