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The local area guide to living in Hemel Hempstead

Even though it’s within 24 miles of London, and was recently acknowledged to be the most populated town in Herefordshire, Hemel Hempstead has many green and rural areas which increase its appeal to all age groups. Despite various protests, it was chosen to be renovated as a 'New Town' after being heavily bombed during the Second World War, and while these plans were never fully accomplished, the town has been flourishing ever since, and contains a combination of both periodic and modernistic buildings.

The town is perhaps most famous for its 'Magic Roundabout' system, which are six roundabouts merged into one, allowing traffic to flow in both directions. While it can be confusing to newcomers, this has proven to be a particularly useful traffic control and maintenance system for locals travelling in and out of London.

Information about the local residents

The population of Hemel Hempstead is 89,000, with a large portion of this being made up of commuters working in London.

The majority of people are aged between 35 and 54, and are in full-time employment. The second largest age group is those aged between 25 and 34, showing that the average age is lower than other towns around Hertfordshire. This is potentially due to the fact that a large portion of the population are young commuters looking for opportunities in town.

63% of Hemel Hempstead own their houses or have bought it through a mortgage, while only 11% rent privately. The majority of Hemel Hempstead's population identify as being White British, and it is a predominantly Christian town. Over 50% of the town voted for the Conservative Party in the most recent elections.

Nearby schools

There are several appealing schools dotted around the area. Hammond Primary School received an incredible 'Outstanding' report from Ofsted inspectors, while St Cuthbert Mayne Primary School received a 'Good' rating in its inspection. Other schools are closer to the centre of the town, such as South Hill Primary School which received a 'Satisfactory' rating in its Ofsted report.

Secondary schools include the 'Outstanding' John F Kennedy School; a Catholic comprehensive school offering education to 11-18 year olds. It has previously appeared on the Ofsted honours list, and was granted technology college status in 1998. Similarly, Hemel Hempstead School on Heath Lane received a 'very effective' Ofsted inspection report.

Getting around

Given its ideal location on the border of Greater London, it's no surprise that the transport links to the city are frequent and easily accessible. The mainline railway service offers a direct line from Hertfordshire to London Euston; a short and inexpensive journey with frequent trains running until late evening.

There is a bus service operating around Hertfordshire, and it provides links to the nearest towns and cities, as well as transport to the main airports of Luton and Heathrow.

Thanks to excellent local public transport, owning a car isn’t a necessity if you work outside of Hemel Hempstead. However, for those that do, the town is located close to the M1 and M5, as well as the A41, which provide links to the rest of the UK.

Local shops

The old high street offers plenty of independent shopping opportunities, including antique shops and various other local businesses. Further shops can be found in the Marlowes Shopping Centre in the middle of the town, where clothes shops and chain stores are tucked away.

There are several sports facilities, such as the 18-hole golf club, the local skate park and Jarman's Park - an award winning sports facility which incorporates the use of a dry ski slope - as well as a gym and a bowling alley.

For people who prefer the idea of spending the day outdoors, Hemel Hempstead has plenty of exciting outdoor activities to do - from Gadebridge Park to the beautiful Romanesque St Mary's Church.

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