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The local area guide to living in Lancashire

Lancashire is a county of contrasts, offering some of the UK’s most beautiful and tranquil countryside, as well as the colourful delights of its entertainment capital, Blackpool. Lancashire became a major industrial and commercial region during the industrial revolution, when Manchester and Liverpool grew to be its largest cities, and by the 1830’s an astonishing 85% of all cotton manufactured worldwide was processed in Lancashire. Boundary changes in the late 1970’s excluded Merseyside and the Greater Manchester area from Lancashire, but it’s still common for people in those areas to call themselves ‘Lancastrians’.

Today, the largest industry in Lancashire is the defence industry, with BAE Systems Military Air Solutions based on the Fylde coast. Other major employers in the area include Heysham Nuclear Power Station, Leyland Trucks and Crown Paints.

Information about the local residents

The population of Lancashire (which includes Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen) increased by 3.3% from 2001 to stand at 1,460,893 in 2011. The largest cities in the area are Lancaster and Preston, the latter of which has become the administrative centre and home to the county council, with the former retaining its reputation as the traditional ceremonial county town. Blackburn and Blackpool are both larger than Lancaster and Preston, but they no longer answer to Lancashire county council.

Lancashire has a large Asian population, which numbers over 70,000 and makes up 6% of the county’s population, concentrated mainly in the former cotton mill towns of the south east. Lancashire is popular with both young families and older people, and it has house prices that are below the national average, making it an affordable place to live.

Nearby schools

Lancashire is a relatively large county and is home to 480 primary schools, 55 secondary schools, and 15 institutions that offer both secondary and sixth form education. The secondary schools are mainly comprehensive schools, but there are a couple of grammar schools in the county. In 2012, Ofsted classed 24% of schools as outstanding, 37% as good, 37% as satisfactory and 2% as inadequate.

Lancashire has a lot to offer in terms of higher education, having three universities: University of Central Lancashire, Edge Hill University and the University of Lancaster, which is one of the UK’s top universities.

Getting around

Lancashire has excellent transport links and is particularly well connected by road. The main route through Lancashire is the M6, which bisects the county from north to south and connects it to the rest of the national motorway network, as well as several major A roads. It takes about 50 minutes to drive to the major destinations of Blackpool and Lancaster, and Blackburn, Preston and Burnley can all be reached within about 30 minutes. The county has a good bus service linking cities, towns and villages, with coaches to major destinations available at Preston.

The county has a good rail service, with The West Coast Main Line calling at Lancaster and Preston. Preston has excellent onwards connections to the rest of the UK, including major destinations such as London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham.

Local shops

The larger towns and cities in Lancashire are home to many excellent shopping destinations. Preston has the Fishergate Shopping Centre, which has a good selection of well-known high street stores, and Blackpool has the Houndshill Shopping Centre, which caters to a similar clientele. For those who want a little more from their shopping trip, Manchester’s Trafford Centre is located nearby.

A description of Lancashire wouldn’t be complete without mention of Blackpool as one of the UK’s leading entertainment destinations, hugely popular with local holidaymakers, and, of course, stag and hen dos. Blackpool is world famous for its Pleasure Beach, Tower, and Illuminations, and employs many people in the tourism and retail sectors.

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


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