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The local area guide to living in Nottingham
Nottingham is an interesting mix of old and new. It’s old city limits mean that the space is quite small, but it’s packed with food, shopping and entertainment from all over the world.
There’s a thriving student population in the city, as well as a high proportion of residents working in the service sector (approximately 80%). Other popular fields include banking, distribution and professional services, although the city is trying to appeal to science and technology sectors.
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Nottingham is a busy and diverse city – partially due to its status as a student city. It’s home to around 305,680 people, with an above-average percentage of residents that fall in to the 18 to 29 age bracket (again, reflective of the high number of students in the area). The number of pensioners in the area is below the national average – approximately 11% of Nottingham residents are over 65, compared to 16% in the UK as a whole.
There is a great deal of cultural diversity in the area, with around 71% of residents describing their ethnicity as White British (compared with 85% across England). Approximately 13% of residents describe their ethnicity as British Asian (compared with 8% across England), and around 7% describe their ethnic background as mixed (compared with 2% across England).
The unemployment rate in Nottingham is fairly high. At the last census, it was recorded at 6.4%, which is 2% higher than the national average.
Ofsted has rated most of the primary schools in Nottingham as either “good” or “outstanding” – the highest possible grade. Some of the highest ranked state schools are Dunkirk Primary and Nursery School, Welbeck Primary School and the now-academy school St Stephen’s Church of England Primary School.
For secondary education, students have the choice of many “outstanding” rated schools, many of which are now academies – such as The West Bridgford School. For private education, the well-regarded Nottingham Boys’ High School and Nottingham Girls’ High School both accept pupils aged between four and 18.
For further education, students have the choice of Central College Nottingham or New College Nottingham. There are also two popular universities in the area: The University of Nottingham, which consistently appears in the top 20 in university league tables, and Nottingham Trent University, which has one of the biggest student bodies in the country.
Nottingham is well connected by road, with the A46 and the A52 providing the easiest routes for motorists. The latter joins the M1 just outside the city, while the former runs towards Lincolnshire. There are also a number of public transport options. As well as multiple bus routes around the city and surrounding areas, there is the Nottingham Express Transit which runs throughout the city.
The town centre is also served by a railway station, which is on the Midland Main Line – running to London, Leicester and Leeds – and the CrossCountry Line – which connects it to Birmingham and Cardiff. There’s also the Robin Hood Line, which is named for the folklore legend and which connects the city to other areas in Nottinghamshire county.
There’s no shortage of museums and galleries in Nottingham, including Wollaton Hall – which houses the Natural History Museum – and Newstead Abbey House – once home to Lord Byron. For modern-day exhibits, try Nottingham Contemporary, which showcases work from local and international artists. For shopping, you have the choice of Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, the grade II listed buildings of The Exchange Arcade or Victoria Centre – the largest of the lot.
The city is also home to the Theatre Royal and the Royal Concert Hall, as well as the Albert Hall Nottingham. The Capital FM Arena is a popular tour stop for many big-name music acts. You’ll also find live music at the city’s many festivals, such as Splendour Festival. Other speciality festivals include the Nottingham Comedy Festival, the Robin Hood Festival and Nottingham Goose Fair, which has been going since 1284.
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