'Bristol Res' Blog • 08 February 2019
A project commissioned by BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat called ‘Know Your Place’ has found Bristol to be ranked in the top 5 places to live for young people under 26.
The project ranks 378 local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland from highest to lowest. BBC News considered a wide range of data including access to mental health care, average rent prices and levels of unemployment. They also looked at the number of bars, pubs, clubs and music events in each local authority, as well as access to sports facilities and 4G coverage.
From this data they have produced an interactive map where you can insert a postcode and find the performance for that area.
Bristol scored particularly highly in the following categories.Employment, Youth Population, Mental Health Care, Going Out and 4G coverage. The relatively high rents across the city caused a low score for this factor however the report found that Bristol has the highest rate of inward youth migration in Britain – it has the most young people moving to the city compared to leaving of all the authorities in the study.
The office of national statistics would seem to back up the theory of young people flocking to live in the city. In 2002 there were 491,499 people reported to be living in Bristol. By 2017, that number had climbed to 572,563 – up 16 per cent. In that time frame the number of 21 to 30-year-olds living here soared by 40 per cent to 111,481 people.