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The local area guide to living in Bromsgrove

Bromsgrove is a traditional market town in Worcestershire, not far from the city of Birmingham. Bursting with charm and character, the town offers everything you could want from a small town. The town also has a vibrant arts scene, with its own annual music festival and multi-purpose arts centre– one which attracts many of the locals.

The largely affluent town makes everyday living easy with its wide range of amenities. There’s a library, a post office, a number of doctors’ surgeries and dentists, and Bromsgrove High Street, which is home to a variety of shops. Great pubs and waterside restaurants complete the offerings of this bustling market town.

Information about the local residents

Bromsgrove’s population was recorded as 93,637 at the time of the 2011 census. The population here is slightly older than average, with a mean age of 42.6 compared to an average of 39.3 for the rest of England. Likewise, the retirement level was higher than average too, at 16.3%, compared to an average of 13.7% across the rest of the country.

Job prospects in and around the region are good – so it’s no surprise that approximately 65% of the population were in employment at the time of the census. Unemployment levels were low too - at just 3.1%. Residents worked in a variety of industries, but the most common were Human Health and Social Work Activities, Manufacturing, and Education.

Nearby schools

If you’re new to the area, the local education system in Bromsgrove may be a little unfamiliar. Bromsgrove schools use a three-tier education system, with first schools, middle schools, high schools – as opposed to the two-tier primary and secondary system that is adopted by most of the country.

One of the best first schools in Bromsgrove is Tardebigge CofE First School - a small school with approximately 150 students. The school provides education for pupils up the age of nine. Middle school choices include Alvechurch Middle School, Catshill Middle School, and Aston Fields Middle School – the latter being one of the best. When it comes to local high schools, there are two to choose from – both of which provide a good curriculum. Older students can also choose to study at the Heart of Worcestershire College, a further educational establishment.

Getting around

As a major Worcestershire town, Bromsgrove is relatively easy to get to and around. It’s a short drive away from neighbouring towns and the city of Birmingham, and boasts good transportation in and around the area.

The buses here provide good services across Worcestershire and the West Midlands – even as far as Birmingham. If you’re planning on staying local, it’s easy enough to get around the town on foot – thanks to its compact size. For travel further afield, you can take the train. The market town also has its own train station, located just one mile away from the town centre. There are trains scheduled every hour for Birmingham as well as regular trains to Nottingham and Cardiff.

Local shops

You’ll find a handful of shops and amenities on the High Street, including a number of banks. Residents here also have a great choice of supermarkets on their doorstep – including an Asda and a number of Co-operative Food stores. For all your fashion and beauty needs, you can try your luck on the High Street, which features both independent and national retailers, or head to one of the nearby big-city malls, like Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre.

If you like your weekly market, you’ll love the offerings in this market town. Bromsgrove Market is held three times a week and takes up the whole length of the High Street! The Farmers Market is a must for foodies and is held in months that have a fifth Saturday.

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