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The local area guide to living in Cambridgeshire

The make-up of Cambridgeshire, a county in East Anglia, has changed over the years. Once comprising of just the area around the south of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely, the county grew in 1974, amalgamating Huntingdon and Peterborough too.

Each of the five areas of Cambridgeshire offer something unique. The city of Cambridge is home to the university and a number of technical and computing companies. It’s this technical hub that has led to the area being referred to as the ‘Silicon Fen.’ South Cambridgeshire has a similar feel to the city and was recently named as offering the best quality of country life in Britain. East Cambridgeshire, on the other hand, comprises of three urban centres and is home to the beautiful Ely Cathedral; while to the west, in Huntingdonshire, you’ll find a more populous community with four main market towns. The fifth and final district, Fenland, is home to four market towns too, with farming being a particularly important industry in the region. Fenland is a growing area, with new housing developments here cropping up frequently.

Information about the local residents

Across the five districts, a population of around 560,000 was recorded in the 2011 census. At this time, Huntingdonshire was the most populated of the districts, home to around 28% of the county. This is followed by South Cambridge, home to approximately 24% of the population; Cambridge, accounting for nearly 19%; Fenland, with approximately 15% of the population; and East Cambridgeshire, with approximately 14% of the population living here.

Population forecasts by Cambridgeshire Insight suggest that the population will increase by 25% over the next 20 years to just over 800,000. Cambridge city is set to become home to many more in their 20s, due to the higher education opportunities and job prospects, while the over 65s are forecast to grow by around 80%, across the county, between the years of 2013 and 2036.

Nearby schools

If you’re looking for good schools, Cambridgeshire certainly won’t disappoint. The region is home to some of the best in the UK. Within the county there are 211 primary schools, 33 secondary schools and nine special schools. Some of the best primary schools include Haslingfield Endowed Primary School, Bar Hill Community Primary School, and Little Thetford C of E VC Primary.

Secondary schools in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire are particularly outstanding. In these areas, approximately 85% of pupils get five or more A* to C grades – putting them in good stead when it comes to University and future employment opportunities. Furthermore, there are great University choices in Cambridgeshire too – at the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University.

Getting around

Whether you’re looking to drive, or you want to catch a bus or a train, there are plenty of options for travel around Cambridgeshire. There are a number of train stations across the county offering quick and convenient transport into London – but these routes can be busy. Alternatively, London and the south is just a short trip down the M11, by car, from Cambridgeshire.

Stagecoach bus offers a number of routes across the county while National Express offers transportation further afield. For air travel, the London airports are relatively easy to get to and Cambridge International Airport also offers a few routes to Europe too.

Local shops

Wherever you decide to settle in Cambridgeshire, you’re sure to find all the necessary shops and amenities on your doorstep. While all your usual supermarkets and high street shops can be found across the region, the best shopping is perhaps in Cambridge itself.

Cambridge is home to all the main high street stores as well as a number of one-off boutiques. It has a Market Square, full of unique and independent shops, an open-air Art and Crafts market, and Grand Arcade – the city’s newest shopping centre. There are also plenty of other activities to enjoy here, making for a great day trip for those residing in other areas of the county.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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