Welcome to Stoke, the city and unitary authority area located in Staffordshire. It is the largest settlement in Staffordshire. Stoke had a long history of making pottery and has been known for its industrial-scale pottery manufacturing. Coal mining and Steel manufacturing were also key historical industries in Stoke. Today, Stoke remains a world centre for fine ceramics. With several factories that call Stoke home, it remains a powerhouse for the local economy. Other major employers in Stoke are the City Council and Royal Stoke university Hospital.