With top universities, a buoyant economy and excellent lifestyle offerings, it’s hardly surprising that Bristol is frequently named the best place to live in the UK. Most recently, the West Country city received this accolade from The Times, coming top of their Best Places to Live in the UK 2017 list.
This has proved a big attraction to students, visitors and young professionals – in fact, Bristol has been named one of the top 10 cities in the world for millennials! With a population of almost 450,000, Bristol is England’s sixth most populous city. This is expected to rise to half a million by 2027. And out of this populace, more than a third are 20-39 year olds, higher the national average of 26%. Thanks to two top-rated universities, Bristol University and the University of the West of England, the city boasts a young, highly-skilled workforce.
This has led Bristol to produce a gross domestic product of £30.502 billion in 2014 – which equates to a per capita GDP of 65% above the national average and the third highest of any English city (behind Nottingham and, of course, London).
Historically, Bristol’s port was a major source of employment and income for the city. But over the last 100 years or so trade activities have moved to other docks in the area, leaving Bristol to develop an economy based around modern industries around electronics, aerospace industries and creative media. This has led Bristol to produce a gross domestic product of £30.502 billion in 2014 – that is 65% above the national average and the third highest of any English city. Meanwhile the city-centre docks have seen massive regeneration, contributing to a lucrative heritage and cultural-based tourism trade. Whether visiting the historic Bristol Zoo, eating at some of the country’s best restaurants or taking in the maritime history of the city, tourists have plenty to keep them occupied. In fact, Bristol was fourth on Rough Guides list of Top 10 Cities in the World to Visit in 2017!
This is also supported by strong transport links. The M4 motorway connects Bristol to London in the east, and southern Wales to its west. Meanwhile the M5, which runs from Exeter in the south to Birmingham, also passes close by. In addition, there are two major mainline station in the city, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway. Between them they provide rail routes across the country to major cities including London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham. Air travel is also an option via Bristol Airport, which handles over 7.6 million passengers a year and serves destinations all across Europe.
Bristol takes particular care of its environment and was ranked as Britain’s most sustainable city in Forum for the Future’s 2008 Sustainable Cities Index. This was thanks to the city’s commitment to matters such as climate change, recycling and providing a good quality of life. Bristol also became the first UK city to receive the European Green Capital Award!
Indeed, it would seem that John Betjeman may have been right when he called Bristol “the most beautiful, interesting and distinguished city in England”. If you want to learn more about investing in Bristol then why not read 8 reasons why Bristol is one of the best places to live in the UK.