The UK's Urban Renaissance

Many years ago, many UK city centres were dreary, crime hot spots. Now, they are among the most desirable areas of the country to live. So what’s changed?

The number of 20 to 29-year-olds in the centre of large cities tripled in the first decade of the 21st Century, to a point where they made up half of the population.

A big pull for young professionals has been the growing number of high-skilled, high-paying office jobs available – and a shift in how people want to live.

The increase in jobs created a market for gyms, restaurants, bars and shops which makes the city centre living even more appealing.

Birmingham, for example, has the second fastest growing city centre population from 2002-2015, increase of 163% (9800 to 25800 people).

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