Northamptonshire(redirected from Northants)
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a county in central England, in the basin of the Nene River. Area, 2,400 sq km. Population, 467,800 (1971). Northampton is the county seat.
Northamptonshire constitutes the southern part of the East Midlands economic region. It has a food-processing industry and is also known for the manufacture of shoes, thread, knitted goods, and lace. The mining of iron ore, ferrous metallurgy (in Corby), and machine construction are the leading heavy industries. Agriculture is dominated by animal husbandry.