THE CITY OF BRISTOL

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LARGE CITY - After London, Bristol is the largest city in the south of the UK. Population of nearly half a million, and just over a million in the greater Bristol area. 

GROWING CITY - Over the last 10 years, the number of students has increased by 40% and the population of the city centre has grown by 50%. 

YOUNG CITY - In the city centre, 60% of people are aged 15 to 29. Student population (uni of Bristol and UWE) of over 50,000 and the highest graduate retention rate for any university city (ie loads of graduates / young professionals).  

LIVEABLE CITY – Last year it was nominated as The Sunday Times' most desirable location to live in the UK.  

CREATIVE CITY – from TV (BBC, Aardman Animations) to music (Massive Attack, Roni Size, Portishead, drum and bass) to street art (Banksy) to entrepreneurs (Bristol was last year voted best place in Britain to start a business), Bristol has a history of creativity and dynamism. 

WEALTHY CITY - Bristol has the highest economic output per capita of any city in the UK, with engineering, financial services and IT (second largest IT industry in the UK after London).  

POOR CITY - 25% of children in Bristol live in poverty, 20,000 Bristolians access food banks a year, and there is a 10-year gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest areas. 

CONNECTED CITY - With the planned electrification of the train line in 2019, the commute from Bristol to London will be down to 1hr15, with 4 trains running an hour. There's also easy access to Devon, Cornwall and South Wales. 

UN/DE-CHURCHED CITY – Less than 1.4% of the population attend a Church of England church. Attendance of C of E churches across inner Bristol has reduced by almost 25% over the last five years (from 4,250 to 3,200).