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The local area guide to living in Plymouth
Plymouth is located on the south coast of England, in Devon. The city is nestled in between the rivers of Plym and Tamar, which both combine with Plymouth Sound, or as it is locally called, The Sound.
Plymouth has an extensive history that dates back to the Bronze Age, where the first settlers came to reside in Mount Batten. The area became renown for its fishing and its position as a trading post for the Romans. Francis Drake famously took part in a game of bowls here before going into battle against the Spanish Armada in 1588.
There has been much change to the look of Plymouth over the years, particularly after the war, but it is a city that attracts many, as the people are friendly, the properties are affordable and the location is well-placed. There are a number of landmarks that draw in many visitors, for instance The Plymouth Hoe, a natural harbour which is located on Mount Batten, and features some of the most spectacular views. Smeaton's Tower is another iconic feature of Plymouth, and is the third Eddystone Lighthouse in existence.
Information about the local residents
Plymouth has a population of around a quarter of a million, with 98% being White, and 96.4% being native English speakers. The religious make up of Plymouth is predominantly Christian with 58.1% of the population, followed by no religion at 32.2% and Muslim at 0.8%. 42.7% of the population are registered as being married, while 26.9% count themselves as single.
The main occupations of the people of Plymouth are professional at 13.8%, skilled trades at 13% and associate professional and technical at 12.5%. There are many maritime businesses located in Plymouth, which employ a large amount of people, while the Devonport Dockyard is the only naval base in the UK that refits nuclear submarines.
There are 70 primary schools in Plymouth, most notably High Street Primary School and Eggbuckland Vale Primary School. When it comes to secondary education, there are 13 state secondary schools, with Hyde Park Junior School and Tor Bridge High both boasting good reputations.
The University of Plymouth is one of the largest in the UK, and has 30,000 students enrolled. The university has a number of accolades to its name, such as the 2015 winner for Social and Community Impact award and the first university to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark.
There is a regular bus service that operates within Plymouth and surrounding areas, while the train station can be found a mile north of the Plymouth Hoe. The A38 allows commuters entry to the M5 motorway on the east of the city, and it also allows access to Cornwall and Devon from the Tamar Bridge. For those who want to set sail, there are ferries operating in Plymouth that go to France and Spain, at affordable prices.
There is a wide range of shopping options in Plymouth, the Drake Circus Shopping Centre was opened in 2006 and features a wide range of retail, food shops and specialist shops and services. The Plymouth City Market features some rather unusual yet striking architecture, and has a number of cafés, restaurants, food stalls, and arts and crafts at hand.
Plymouth is known for its quality pubs and inns, and you can look no further than The Pub On The Hoe, which doubles up as a bed & breakfast, offering some fine ales and some of the freshest fish around. The Fishermans Arms is another great place to go and enjoy a fine British menu, and has a beautiful view of the old harbour.
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