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The local area guide to living in West Yorkshire

Despite Yorkshire being generally known for its expansive fields and valleys, West Yorkshire is distinctly more urban than its surroundings. Containing county boroughs such as Leeds and Bradford, it came into existence in 1974 as a metropolitan county, following the Local Government Act of 1972.

Formerly known for its affluence in the coal mining industry, the county was hit hard by the decline in the late 1980's and 1990's. Since then, the City of Leeds has become an important financial beacon, with many financial investors and institutions relocating to the city. This includes various banks and insurance companies, as well as large supermarket competitors Asda and Morrisons.

Information about the local residents

West Yorkshire has a population of just over 2 million residents. The largest portion of this population live in Leeds, with an estimated population of 760,000 in the 2011 census. The City of Bradford has the second largest estimated population with 523,000 residents. Of this, just under 90% identify as being White British, whilst many areas in West Yorkshire - Bradford in particular - have a high number of immigrants, with an estimated 8.7% having immigrated from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Nearby schools

The largest number of schools can be found in the larger cities in the county; Bradford and Leeds. With 61 secondary schools dotted about the area, the best performing school is the independent Grammar School at Leeds, with an astonishing 99% GCSE pass-rate at A-C. Similarly, Bradford's grammar school also has a 99% A-C pass rate.

There are a few universities in the area, including the University of Leeds, University of Bradford and University of Huddersfield. There is also Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Trinity University; meaning plenty of choice for students in the area.

Getting around

West Yorkshire's terrain is heavy with canals and lakes, as well as various important roads and railway lines. Given the extreme need for transport throughout the industrial revolution, its transportation links have developed over the years to become a major plus of living in the area. Various internal motorway can be found running through both Leeds and Bradford, and the M62 and M1 motorways pass through the county too.

Whilst there are various small railway stations around the county, the main train stations can be found in Leeds and Wakefield Westgate; the former of which offers a direct route to London which takes just below 2 hours. Yorkshire's largest airport, Leeds Bradford International Airport can also be found in West Yorkshire.

Local shops

With no shortage of large cities in the county of West Yorkshire; Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield all offer prime shopping opportunities. Leeds in particular has several shopping centres and hubs, including the Merrion Centre, The Light and St. John's centre.

There are several attractions providing opportunities for fun and exciting days out around West Yorkshire. A few of these include the mill conversions in Bradford; Salts Mill and Bradford Industrial Museum, which have been converted into shopping centres, art galleries and museums.

Despite not being as rural as the surrounding Yorkshire, there are definitely some pleasant rural spots in West Yorkshire to enjoy, such as Sandal Castle found in Wakefield and Greenhead Park in Huddersfield.

There are several renowned restaurants and takeaways dotted about the county. These include The Cookhouse in Haworth, which has received a certificate of excellence for its provision of a great atmosphere, fine cream tea, and hearty lunches.

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