Thinking of moving to Coventry? Whether you’re starting a family, planning an investment or beginning higher education, here is what Coventry has to offer.
House Prices 🏠
- Most expensive property £1.2 million
- Average house price in city: £167,400
- Cheapest property: £17,000 (September 2015)
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- Coventry is the 11th largest city in the UK
- Its population is growing faster than most other cities – the last census put its number at nearly 313,000
- That population is also younger than in most other cities – with an average age of 35 years old, compared to the national average of 39
- There are currently plans to build an extra 33,500 homes to meet a projected population total of 353,500 by the year 2026.
- Long known as one of the country’s principal centre for the motor industry, fortunes have naturally declined in recent years, but there are still more than 400 manufacturing and engineering plants in the area, employing more than 15,000 people and with annual investments in excess of £100 million
- Drawing on the legacy of jet-engine inventor Sir Frank Whittle, Coventry remains a centre for aerospace industries
- Within the so-called Silicon Spa, Coventry contributes significantly to the county’s technological and digital sector, with a focus on software development and design, digital infrastructures, gaming, and film making.
Location and Transport 🚌
- Situated in the heart of the Midlands, Coventry is a natural transport hub, serving London to the south, its sister city in Birmingham and all points north
- Trains to London’s Euston Station run every 20 minutes and the journey takes just one hour and 10 minutes
- Trains to Birmingham run at just 10 minute intervals
- Trains to both Leeds and Manchester each take approximately two and a half hours.
- Coventry is ranked amongst the top 50 cities in the world for students – thanks not only to the size of its student population, but also its reputation with graduate employers
- Coventry University focuses mainly on business studies, but is also one of the few academic research centres for automotive design
- In addition, the Coventry City Council maintains and runs three main technical colleges
- There are some 89 primary schools, 27 secondary schools and 9 independent schools within the City.
- There is a total of some 36 parks and open spaces within a 10-mile radius of Coventry city centre
- One of the largest of these – just south of the city centre – is the 48.5-hectare War Memorial Park which attracts some 400,000 visitors a year.
Finally, did you know …
- The first ever live performance of Monty Python's Flying Circus was at Coventry’s main Belgrade Theatre in 1971
- When it was not achieving number one status in the UK and America, Chuck Berry's best-selling record My Ding-a-Ling, was recorded live during at the Locarno Ballroom during the Lanchester Arts Festival in 1972
- The phrase “sent to Coventry” was coined during the English Civil War, when Royalists were banished to the strongly parliamentarian city.