How does Wolverhampton compare to other cities?
Over the years Wolverhampton has been rated from one of the worst cities to live in to one of the best to raise a family so throughout this blog we’ll explain how we think Wolverhampton compares to other cities around the country.
Throughout the last 10 years Wolverhampton has had its good press and a slightly more negative view on what life is like in the city, however, over the last few years there has been a more positive view over the city. Over the past 2 years we have seen a large amount of development that has been started or is in the plans to start soon, the revamp of the Mander Centre is a key piece of development, which has been completed within the last 2 years. This development alone allowed for the shopping centre to have a face lift and include a big department store such as Debenhams, this then made the centre a much more attractive shopping destination for people to visit. The city also has the west side development taking place soon which is going to include a 12 screen cinema, restaurants, 100 bed hotel, and a car park which will be a nice addition to the city centre and would save anyone looking to watch a film having to venture out of the city.
On the MoneySuperMarket list of best places to raise a family, the city came in as the third best city to bring up your family with 74 outstanding schools and 7 parks for the kids to enjoy. It was only beaten by Bath and Newcastle, who ranked 1st and 2nd. The closest city to Wolverhampton was Birmingham which ranked 20 places lower on the list. Throughout this survey there isn’t much difference within the top 3 places as Bath, who ranked 1st, only have 31 outstanding schools compared to Wolverhampton’s 74, while Newcastle has considerably lower job opportunities.
Wolverhampton also compares quite well with other cities up and down the country coming within the top 20% for affordable housing, as the average house price throughout the city is £141,000 compared to the national average of £244,000. The house market within the city is quite busy with some very nice properties currently available. As well as having affordable housing the average wage is also very good at £30,408, which once again ranks quite well up against any other city in the country. The city also has a wide range of job opportunities available with an average of 22,223 jobs being available within Wolverhampton.
Due to the fact the city is located within an area that has good transport links with other parts of the country we are in the top 40% for the best transport and connectivity links. Currently we have a big development taking place at the train station with it being developed to be able to handle the amount of trains and people that pass through it every day. The midland metro, which runs into the heart of the city, is also being developed to include a stop at the train station which would help anyone travelling from the station or the bus station have better access to it.
The city as a whole has improved and with the development plans in place will continue to improve and make it a more attractive city for people to move to. Within the last year there has been a more positive opinion on the city and people have come together more to celebrate the city. This was mainly shown when Wolverhampton Wanderers won the Championship title and the city was packed with people celebrating and enjoying themselves.
As an estate agents we have noticed a lot of people moving to Wolverhampton from London and the surrounding areas which can be put down to a number of different factors such as more affordable housing being available and less crime and antisocial behaviour taking place in the city. There are also more job opportunities available with bigger firms coming into the city or being on the border, some of these include; Jaguar Land Rover, UTC Aerospace, and the Poundland distribution centre. All of these big businesses help to make Wolverhampton an attractive place to move as well as the little business that are all around the city.
Wolverhampton on a whole has a much more positive outlook due to all the development taking place and the opportunities that are being made available to people compared to a few years ago. Compared to a lot of other cities around the country the city has a lot of upcoming plans that could really help to shape it as well as having a good schooling system, nice areas and places for people to relax.