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Manchester dominates job and population growth in England and Wales

23rd March 2018

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Manchester is leading the way when it comes to population and job growth in according to a report be Centre for Cities.

Findings revealed that the city has seen the fastest growth in England and Wales in the period between 2002-2015 (as measured by combined jobs and residential growth in central areas. During this period the city’s growth has exceeded that of London, with its population increasing by 149% and jobs growth of 84%.

The report by the thinktank showed that Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool had experienced significant urban growth following a period of rapid regeneration since 2000, leading them to be recognised as attractive locations for people to live and work in. Whilst these large regional cities were starting from a low base in comparison to London, they were also benefitting from knowledge-based businesses requirements to be based in city centres.

Andrew Carter, chief executive of Centre for Cities, said: “Thirty years ago the centres of places like Manchester and Birmingham were run-down and struggling, but since then they have undergone a dramatic transformation and have become increasingly attractive locations for people to live and work in.

“This urban renaissance has brought opportunities for people living across these cities and their surrounding areas, and it’s vital that it continues,” Carter said. “But for that to happen, cities need to take tough decisions on how to sustain the growth of their commercial centres, while also providing the homes their residents need.”

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