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Unitary, Borough
Aerial view of Bournemouth town centre
Aerial view of Bournemouth town centre
Bournemouth UK locator map.svg
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South West England
Ceremonial county Dorset
Founded 1810
Admin. HQ Bournemouth
 • Type Bournemouth Borough Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:  
 • MPs: Conor Burns,
Tobias Ellwood
 • Mayor Philip Stanley-Watts
 • Total 17.83 sq mi (46.18 km2)
Area rank 276th
Population (2005 est.)
 • Total 197,700
 • Rank Ranked 89th
 • Density 11,000/sq mi (4,300/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 00HN (ONS)
E06000028 (GSS)
Ethnicity 96.7% White

Bournemouth is a town in Dorset, in the country of England. It is the biggest town in Dorset. It is next to Poole and Christchurch.