Hi Mumbojumbo, You couldn't be more wrong if you tried!
Take an interest in cartography, then you will understand how many people resent boundary tampering. Urban sprawl & geopolitical tinkerers are to blame for sticking their oar in.
One only has to take post codes as an example? Birkenhead, the "One Eyed Town", is now roped into Chester in regards to the post office.
Ulverston is in Cumbria, according to friends who where born there and who have lived there for over 80 years. But the are lumbered with a Lancashire Post Code? As the friend of the well known Ulverston lad said - "That's another fine mess you've got me into"!
Folk get quite snooty over things, trying to give themselves airs & graces. My late paternal Granny always boasted that her parents got married in a Cathedral? Well yes & no, it was Manchester Cathedral. But that church was a Parish Church before it got the Bishopric Chair! So Granny was playing snobbish games.
Liverpool has an older Parish Church with a separate Cathedral, no confusion here.
I was born in Lancashire, and hopefully I will die in the Premier County, subject to day trips
* Maybe we should start calling so called Londoners "Thames-siders"? Not to be confused with Thamesiders