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Oxford is a city in southeastern England and the county of Oxfordshire. With an estimated population of 170,350 in 2016, it is the 52nd largest city in the UK and one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse. The city is 51 miles from London, 61 miles from Bristol, 59 miles from Southampton, 57 miles from Birmingham and 24 miles from Reading. The city is known worldwide as the home of Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Buildings in Oxford show remarkable examples of every English architectural period since the late Saxon period. Oxford is known as the "City of Dreaming Towers", a term coined by the poet Matthew Arnold. Oxford has a broad economic base. Its industries include automotive, education, publishing and a large number of information technology and science companies, some of which are academic offshoots.