Why is Everyone Moving to Leeds?

Why Move to Leeds?

Leeds is now the 2nd largest Metropolitan district in England and is the top-ranking English city to live in according to Money Supermarket’s Quality of UK Living survey. Leeds is officially the UK’s second largest economy and second largest financial centre after London. With all this in mind it is no wonder big businesses and corporations are choosing to relocate up north. Asda, First Direct, Centrica and Direct Line all have a base there and Channel 4’s new national headquarters will be in Leeds. The Bank of England has even announced plans for a new northern hub to be located in the city.

Around 475,000 people work in the city and 1.9 million within the Leeds city region with over 108,000 companies generating in excess of 5% of England’s total economic output. This puts its economy in front of at least eight other European countries!

With a whopping five universities Leeds has a steady stream of 65,000 students flowing into the city each year, meaning there is no shortage of talent for these big businesses to choose from. In fact, in terms of “real” unemployment rates, Leeds had one of the lowest levels when compared against 14 other major cities in the UK. Law firm Irwin Mitchell’s latest UK Powerhouse report suggested Leeds will be one of the few northern cities to improve in terms of job creation by the end of 2023.

The Knightsbridge of the North

It isn’t just the city’s economy which is booming. Dubbed “The Knightsbridge of the North” this West Yorkshire hub has so much more to offer its residents. Leeds has the bustling nightlife that you would imagine from a student town along with the culinary delights associated with other major European cities; including a thriving street food scene. Originally a market town dating back to the 13th century, today Leeds has a rich culture, boasting plenty of museums, theatre’s and live music events. It is even home to one of the World’s biggest annual music festivals – Leeds Festival.

Located in Yorkshire, known fondly as “God’s own County”, Leeds is only half an hour away from the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. The historic City of York (voted best city to live in in the UK) is 30 miles away and there is even a direct train route – perfect for a weekend day trip.

Where to move in Leeds?

If you haven’t already moved to Leeds you need to have a good think about the sort of area you want to move to. If you are after a rural area, easily commutable to the cite centre then check out the charming village of Bramhope or for a family friendly favourite try Roundhay which has the second largest city park in Europe! Quirky Chapel Allerton is extremely popular with young professionals and families, often referred to as the Notting Hill of the North. For more information on some of our favourite areas to live in Leeds take a look at our blog; Moving to Leeds.

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