North Yorkshire is a non-metropolitan county and larger ceremonial county in England. It is located primarily in the region of Yorkshire and the Humber but partly in the region of North East England. Created by the Local Government Act 1972, it covers an area of, making it the largest county in England. The majority of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors lie within North Yorkshires boundaries, and around 40% of the county is covered by National Parks. The largest settlements are York, Middlesbrough, Harrogate and Scarborough ; the county town, Northallerton, has a population of 16,832.