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The local area guide to living in West Midlands

The West Midlands county was only recently formed and consists of parts of Warwickshire, Staffordshire, and Worcestershire. Following the Local Government Act of 1972 the metropolitan county was created, coming into existence in 1974. The county itself has a diverse range of scenery, ranging from the more urban, busy cities such as Coventry, Dudley, and Birmingham, to the more rural and quiet towns of Wordsley and Bloxwich. With such a huge range of different types of cities packed into the county there is certainly something for everyone.

Information about the local residents

With a population of just under 3 million, the West Midlands county is lively and bustling. Estimated to be the second most heavily populated county in the UK, the West Midlands is well known for its multi-cultural population, owing largely to vast immigration numbers in the late sixties and early seventies. As a result, whilst the majority of the population identify as being White British, there are larger South-Asian and Indian populations than many places in the UK.

Nearby schools

The county is very densely populated, meaning a large number of schools are available. It's hard to get an accurate gauge of just how good the education system in the area is, owing to the sheer number of pupils attending schools in the county. Saying this, whilst the selection of schools on offer vary with their performance levels, with the vast majority of schools in the county receiving Ofsted reports of 'Good' to 'Outstanding'.

Larger cities such as Birmingham and Coventry have a huge range of primary and secondary schools available, the majority of which are co-educational. Owing to the large number available, it's not going to be too difficult to find a decent school within your local catchment area.

There are 10 universities around the county, including the highly renowned University of Warwick, which can be found in Coventry and is a league-table topping University which offers top quality further education, attracting students from all over the UK.

Getting around

The larger cities in the area are crucial for transport, including Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton. Birmingham, for example, is an important transport centre, with rail links to and from London, as well as other cities and towns around the UK. Birmingham also boasts its own airport, which offers flights across Britain and into Europe, serving Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and more.

There is a reliable and punctual bus fleet which is based in Birmingham and operates around the county, serving even the smaller towns. Furthermore, the National Express coach company serves the entire county, and provides transport to the various towns about the county.

For those with their own transport, various large roads such as the M1 are nearby and can be joined with ease for travel links around the UK by car.

Local shops

The county consists of various large towns and cities, including the second largest city in the UK. Birmingham acts as the metropolitan hub of the county, offering a plethora of activities for both residents and tourists alike. This includes the Bullring and a large shopping complex offering over 160 retail stores.

Other cities such as Coventry and Wolverhampton also offer a variety of shopping centres and establishments aimed at nightlife. Coventry in particular is a student-heavy area, and as such the nightlife thrives, adapting to this weighted population.

For those wishing to escape the busy city life, there are various retreats available, such as the highly regarded Sandwell Valley County Park, and the Botanical Gardens -- both of which can be a welcome escape from the vibrant cities the county has to offer.

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