Urban demographics

Where do people live and work in England and Wales?

Report published on 22 July 2015 by Elli Thomas, Ilona Serwicka and Paul Swinney

Where people choose to live, who those people are, and why they choose to live there all have a significant impact on a wide range of policy areas. This report sets out a demographic overview of the city centres, suburbs and hinterlands of all 59 cities in England and Wales, and shows how these demographics have changed between 2001 and 2011. It offers some general reflections for how we might understand these trends, their implications for policy-making, and some questions for further analysis.

The report is the first part of a major project which aims to better understand who lives in different parts of cities, why they choose to live where they do, and how this differs between cities. It aims to support national and local policy-makers in developing policy that is informed by a better understanding of where people live and work in the 21st century.

Click through this prezi for an introduction to the findings:


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