All sources are quoted at the end of the blog*
Population and Community
- Bristol is the 10th largest city in Great Britain and one of the ten ‘Core Cities’ with an estimated population of 456,000 made up of 78% White British residents and 22% Non “White-British” with the population speaking 91 languages, coming from 181 countries of birth, and practising 45 religions.
- Total recorded crime in Bristol had been steadily reducing for about 10 years, but recent rates are now rising slowly again (since 2013/14).
- 76% of Bristol residents are satisfied with their local area as a place to live, but only 56% of people in the most deprived areas.
- 6% of Bristol adults are physically active, significantly higher than the national average (64.9%) and English Core Cities (it’s all those hills…!).
- 2% of Bristol Schools are rated Good or Better by OFSTED (Dec 2017). Bristol has 52,000 students at the two universities.
- There are 198,400 homes in Bristol. Since 2006, 19,880 new homes have been built in the city, an average of some 1,800 a year.
- 1,994 new homes were built in Bristol during 2016/17. This included 700 units for student accommodation.
- During 2016/17 there were 199 affordable homes built
- As at 1 April 2017, Bristol City Council had 27,198 council homes under its control.
- Bristol household tenure: 53% Owner occupied, 29% private rented, 18% social rented. The private rented sector has grown from 12% in 2001 to 29% in 2017
- Average house prices: Bristol: £276,000. England & Wales: £238,000 (Nov 2017).
- Average house prices in Bristol have increased by £82,000 over the last ten years, an increase of 43% (24% for England and Wales)
Bristol Property Centre - Bristol areas if you are looking to move / buy
Property Hotpots now and future;
- Windmill Hill
- St Pauls
“Get more for your money” areas;
- Sea Mills,
- Longwell Green,
- Bristol has very high levels of walking and cycling compared to most other UK cities. In 2011 more people in Bristol commuted to work by bicycle or on foot than in any other local authority in England and Wales, at 57,000 (27% of the working age population).
- The number of people cycling to work in Bristol increased by 54% between 2011 and 2016.
- Over a quarter (28%) of Bristolians now ride a bike at least weekly (22% in the most deprived areas).
In Bristol, culture is at home, on the streets and across every neighbourhood. It has been a catalyst for economic diversification and growth; for talent attraction and retention; for inward investment and tourism; and for innovation and competitiveness.
- It is estimated that there are 17,000 jobs in creative and digital industries.
- In 2017 Bristol was named by UNESCO as a Creative City of Film.
- 40% of the worlds wildlife films are linked to Bristol studios
- Bristol was named Museum Destination of the year in 2018
- Wallace and Gromit, Banksy, and Trip hop all hail from Bristol
- 237,500 working age residents were in employment in June 2017. This is equivalent to an employment rate of 77.2% which is the highest of British Core Cities and 2.8 percentage points above the national (GB) average
- In 2017 average earnings were £27,100 a year in Bristol, and £29,000 in the UK
Some Historical facts
- Bristol has been a wealthy trading port since the Roman era.
- Bristol is a port city known as the 'Birthplace of America' - John Cabot sailed from Bristol on The Matthew to help 'discover' North America in 1497.
- The city played an important role in England's maritime trade in tobacco, wine, cotton and more.
- From the late 1600s to the early 1800s, Bristol was involved in a massive slave shipping industry.
10 things you may not know about Bristol…
- Ribena was invented in Bristol at the National Fruit and Cider institute and marketed as a health drink due to its high concentration of Vitamin C.
- The infamous pirate Captain Blackbeard once had a hideaway cave under St. Mary Redcliffe church. His original birthplace and childhood home still stands on Bristol's harbourside
- John Wesley's New Room, in Broadmead, is the world's oldest Methodist church.
- The first ever bungee jump took place from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in 1979, with members of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club.
- There's a bit of Bristol in Lower Manhattan - the 'Bristol Basin' was built using rubble from the city after the Second World War and has a plaque to commemorate its origins.
- Billy Butlins’ first ever business venture was a hoopla stall in Bedminster during the 1920s. He went on to start his hugely successful holiday camp businesses instead, of which there is probably more longevity!
- During WWII Clifton Rocks railway was converted into a ‘secret studio’ for the BBC to broadcast from following a full invasion. It could also be used as a bomb shelter, and a lottery was run to allocate spaces to local families.
- Those beautiful flowering trees often seen on the Downs or in Leigh Woods are Bristol Whitebeams, which are native to the area and cannot be found anywhere else in the world!
- The Red Lodge Museum on Park Row includes a room which was once the first school in England to educate girls.
- Gloucester Road, for most of the last ten years, contained the longest unbroken chain of independent retailers in all of Europe.
*Other sources : https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/ourstory/unbeatablebristol/bristolfacts, https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/history/47-things-not-know-bristol-793757, & https://visitbristol.co.uk/about-bristol/all-about-bristol/interesting-facts