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So for July for our blog, we decided to focus on location, location, location, more specifically the fabulous city in which we live…Bristol! Maybe you are Bristolian born and bred, or maybe Bristol is your adopted home for many many years now, maybe you moved here to study or work and never left, maybe you moved here as you saw Bristol rated as one of the best places to live in the UK, or maybe you are thinking of moving here?! Hopefully, in this article, we can offer a bit of info for everyone to learn something!

So welcome to our Bristol guide through stats, read on and discover more about our fair city from population and transport stats, housing areas to watch, culture, historical facts and things you maybe didn't know re Bristol!

Next in this blog series, property hotspots!

Population and Community

  • We have a population of about 465,900; the largest city in the South West.
  • We are one of Great Britain's ten 'Core Cities'.
  • Bristol's population is expected to reach half a million by 2031.
  • We have more children under sixteen than people of pensionable age.
  • 16% of our population belongs to a black or minority ethnic group.


  • There are 203,490 homes in Bristol. Since 2006, 24,669 new homes have been built in the city, an average of some 1,762 a year. Bristol City Council (BCC) has been working towards ensuring that 2,000 homes are built in Bristol each year, with 800 of those being affordable.
  • Bristol Household tenure: 53% Owner occupied, 29% Private Rented, 18% Social Rented.
  • Average house prices: Bristol: £307,800 England & Wales: £279,100 (June 2021) 64.
  • Average house prices in Bristol have increased by £132,800 over the last ten years, an increase of 76%. This compares with an increase of 62% for England and Wales over the same period.
  • Earnings in Bristol are similar to the national average but house prices in Bristol are significantly higher, resulting in affordability issues.
  • In 2020 Bristol had a ‘housing affordability ratio’ of59, which means that the average house price is almost 9 times higher than average earnings. This is higher than the England average of 7.69, and the highest of all of the English Core Cities (who all have ratios lower than the national average).


  • 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)


  • In December 2020 the employment rate in Bristol was 1% meaning 254,500 working-age residents were in employment. This represents a 1.1% increase compared to the previous year when 251,600 residents were in employment.
  • The employment rate in Bristol is the second highest of the UK core cities and above the national average at 75.4%.


  • Around 15% of Bristol (1,787 hectares) is currently protected for wildlife. The city aims for at least 30% of land to be managed for the benefit of wildlife by 2030
  • Bristol has 33 conservation areas and over 3,800 allotment plots
  • Bristol was the first city to declare an Ecological Emergency in 2020
  • 79% of local residents are satisfied with parks and open spaces in Bristol, but only 53% in the most deprived areas (QoL 2020/21)


  • 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.
  • Bristol is a UNESCO City of Film, and has led the design and development of the multilingual Cities of Film website which launched in July 2020.
  • Bristol named as the UK’s most artistic city (April 2019)
  • 40% of the world's 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

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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. John Wesley's New Room, in Broadmead, is the world's oldest Methodist church.
  4. The first ever bungee jump took place from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in 1979, with members of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. The Red Lodge Museum on Park Row includes a room which was once the first school in England to educate girls.
  10. Gloucester Road, for most of the last ten years, contained the longest unbroken chain of independent retailers in all of Europe.


Main source: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/statistics-census-information

Other sources: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/history/47-things-not-know-bristol-793757 &  https://visitbristol.co.uk/about-bristol/all-about-bristol/interesting-facts

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