Thinking of moving to Lancaster? Whether you’re starting a family, planning an investment or beginning higher education, here is what the city has to offer.
House Prices 🏠
- Most expensive property: £850,000
- Average house price in city: £165,225
- Cheapest property: £55,000, 2 bedroom end of terrace.
Property Investment 🏠 🏠
- The most recent estimate of the City of Lancaster’s population is 141,277 (making it the 141st in size of UK’s cities) of predominantly white, English speaking backgrounds (less than 2% of the population was born outside of England)
- Although it is a relatively small city, it is home to some 20,000 students (around 14% of the population)
- Thanks to the student population the private sector has a wide range of accommodation in halls, flats and houses to rent.
- Reflecting the importance of education, around 11% of the workforce is employed in this sector – with retail, health and social work proving other key employers
- In a recent Strategic Economic Plan commissioned by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Lancaster district with the City of Lancaster as its hub, was identified as a major location for economic and housing growth
- A forecast prepared by the credit reference agency, Experian, estimates an increase of 9,600 new jobs in the years to 2031.
Location and Transport (Image: Bus) 🚌
- Lancaster is 251 miles from London
- The West Coast Main Line train service, which runs between London and Glasgow, also stops in Lancaster.
- There is a recently opened new access link to the main north–south motorway, the M6
- The City of Lancaster is served principally by Manchester airport, although there are smaller ones at Blackpool and Liverpool.
- The University of Lancaster has by far the most influential educational impact on the city
- There are 29 primary schools and 8 secondary schools within a 5-mile radius of the city centre
- In addition, the Lancaster and Morecombe College has an intake of pupils aged 16+.
- The city centre is largely pedestrianised and – probably thanks to the large student population is known for its wide network of cycle paths
- A gem in the parks and gardens managed by the City Council is the 54-acre Williamson Park, although there are four more areas of parkland and several play areas
- Lancaster City Council is also responsible for the promenade and beaches at nearby Morecombe.
Finally, did you know …
- The city’s emblem is the red rose of the House of Lancaster, first flown during the Wars of the Roses in the 15th century – the opposing royal house was that of York, which flew a white rose
- Listen to natives of Lancaster speak and you are hearing their “Lanky Twang” – the name given to their dialect and slang
- The last king from the Royal House of Lancaster, Henry VI, was put to death in May 1471 in the Tower of London.