You might have taken a day-trip to enjoy the seaside resort, but have you thought of investing in or moving to Blackpool to start a family or continue further education? Here are just some of the reasons why you might do so …
House Prices 🏠
- Most expensive property: £799,950
- Average house price in Blackpool: £117,573
- Cheapest property: £37,500 (flat, leasehold).
Property Investment 🏠 🏠
- Blackpool offers some of the cheapest houses to buy in the UK – making the town potentially an attractive prospect for buy to let investors
- Research by HSBC bank in 2015 put Blackpool within the top 3 cities in the UK for rental returns
- House prices in the town have risen by 5% in the past 12 months
- In mid-2016, the total population of the town was estimated at 139,200 – a figure that remains relatively stable.
- As to be expected, many jobs are in the service and hospitality sectors, there is a strong reliance on public sector employment, and the overall employment rate remains low, compared to the national average
- The most recent statistics point to there being more than 4,000 active enterprises in the town, but, in common with other coastal resorts, turnover is quite high
- The town is the second most densely populated district in England, but it is also an ageing population (25% over the age of 60).
Location and Transport 🚌
- Blackpool is in Lancashire, on the coast of the Irish Sea and between the estuaries of the Wyre and Ribble
- Blackpool International Airport operates scheduled and chartered flights throughout the UK and Europe – Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport are both about a 60-mile drive away
- The town is linked to the national motorway network by the M55.
- There are 8 state-funded secondary schools in Blackpool and 29 state primary schools.
- As a major seaside resort of very long standing, Blackpool offers a host of visitor attractions
- Probably the most popular natural attraction is Blackpool Sands, which stretch the entire length of the seafront
- Blackpool Tower (inspired by Eiffel) was opened in 1894 and remains the resort’s most iconic landmark.
Finally, did you know …
- It is said that during the Second World War, Hitler banned any bombing of Blackpool because he wanted to save it as his own personal playground
- Some of the world’s top stars have been spotted in Blackpool – Lady Gaga in a pub there and George Clooney buying fish and chips, some say
- The ballroom at Blackpool Tower – now host to Strictly Come Dancing – used to ban dancing there on Sundays, out of respect for the sabbath.