Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire, England. It is the administrative centre for the Bedford borough. The town has a population of 82,488, with 19,440 in the adjacent town of Kempston.
Bedford is a local government district with the status of a borough in the East of England. Its council is based Bedford, which also serves as the county town of Bedfordshire. The borough contains a single urban area comprised of Bedford and the adjacent town of Kempston, surrounded by a rural area with many villages.