Southampton (/saʊθˈ(h)æmptən/ (listen)) is a city in Hampshire, South East England, 70 miles (110 km) south-west of London and 15 miles (24 km) north-west of Portsmouth. A major port, and close to the New Forest, it lies at the northernmost lessening of Southampton Water, at the confluence of the River Test and Itchen, with the River Hamble joining to the south. The unitary authority had a population of 253,651 at the 2011 census. A resident of Southampton is called a Sotonian.
Significant employers in the city complement Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton, Solent University, Southampton Airport, Ordnance Survey, BBC South, the NHS, Associated British Ports (ABP) and Carnival UK. Southampton is noted for its connection with the RMS Titanic, the Spitfire, as one of the departure points for D-Day, and more recently as the house port of some of the largest cruise ships in the world. Southampton furthermore has a large shopping centre and retail park, Westquay.