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The local area guide to living in Herefordshire

Situated on the Wales-England border, nestled between Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Powys, is the vast county of Herefordshire; a rural collection of scenic towns with a distinct West Midlands charm. Located on the Welsh Marches railway line, the county follows suit with its picturesque landscapes and villages, from the more bustling county town of Hereford – the only city in the county – to smaller towns Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, and Kingston. It is one of the 39 historic counties of England, and is well known for its agriculture.

Information about the local residents

Herefordshire is home to approximately 183,600 residents; of which more than 97% identify as being White British. Despite the lack of ethnic diversity in the county, there is a wide age range, with nearly 22% of the population being aged over 65, whilst 17% are aged under 15.

The percentage of those aged over 65 is higher than the national average (currently at 19%), and it is potentially for this reason that the county has a higher than average number of working adults aged 45 and older. The percentage of those claiming jobseeker’s allowance is lower than the national average at just 2.5%, in comparison to the 3.8% average for the rest of England. Despite the weighted age groups, there is plenty available to appeal to all generations in the county, from things to do, to opportunities for the local youth.

Nearby schools

The good news for parents, or even those hoping to start a family is that Herefordshire has some excellent schools available; the majority of which report consistently high exam results year after year. Among the primary schools on offer are Pembridge Church of England Primary and Marlbrook Primary School, both of which achieved an impressive 'Outstanding' rating in their most recent Ofsted reports.

There are several other primary schools scattered around Herefordshire County as well, including Ashfield Park Primary and Riverside Primary, both of which achieved highly respectable 'Good' ratings in their respective Ofsted reports.

There's a similar situation with the range of secondary schools on offer. The majority are rated either 'Outstanding' or 'Good', though there are a few that have received 'Satisfactory' ratings. Among the outstanding schools are Fairfield High School, which is known to be one of the top state schools in the entire country.

The newest exciting educational addition to Herefordshire is the NMITE (New Model in Technology and Engineering), a newly developed university which is set to admit students to its campus for the first time in 2017.

Getting around

The county's shared border with Wales makes it convenient for travel between England and Wales. Whilst the terrain is somewhat unfriendly, there are two main roads on offer for travel in and around Wales, which run straight through Herefordshire. For those wishing to travel further into England, the M50 provides direct links to Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

The West Midlands bus service available is extensive, offering over 50 routes which travel in and around Herefordshire; based mainly in Hereford. These travel around the county, and some even travel over the border into Wales.

The preserved Welsh Marches railway line connects Herefordshire to Wales and Manchester. On this service passengers can catch a glimpse of the beautiful rolling hills which lie on the Welsh border.

Local shops

The rural location means Herefordshire's main features are centred around its preserved buildings and wildlife reserves. Despite that, there are still various places to shop and spend the day around the county. The Hop Pocket Shopping Village can be found in Bishop's Frome, and collects together independent eateries and breweries. For chain shops, there's the Maylord Shopping Centre, in which stores like Laura Ashley, Primark and more can be found.

There are various historical and cultural sites and spots to visit around Herefordshire. These include Eastnor Castle; a converted castle which is now being used to host a gallery and museum. For Sci-Fi fans in the area, a must-see is the Time Machine Museum of Science Fiction; which contains various memorabilia and exhibitions on Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek and more.

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


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