Living in Coventry

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build upon this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

Coventry's population estimate for mid-2019 was 371,521.

  • Coventry is the 9th largest city in England in terms of population.
  • Over the last 10 years, Coventry's population has grown by a fifth, over 60,000 additional residents. This is the second fastest 10-year growth rate of all local authority areas outside London.
  • In 2019 it is estimated that the population of Coventry increased by 4,700 - making it the 33rd fastest growing local authority areas in the UK out of 379. So, while population growth in Coventry wasn't as high as in previous years, it has been the fastest growing local authority area outside of London, it remains amongst the fastest growing 10% of local authorities in the UK.
  • The main factor contributing to population growth in Coventry is international migration.
  • The growth of the city's two universities has been a factor in recent population growth, but is by no means the whole story.
  • Coventry is a young city with a median age of residents of 32 years, notably lower than the England median 40 years.
  • The significant student population in Coventry has contributed to a large proportion of the population aged 18-24, this age group makes up 14.3% of Coventry's residents compared with the England average of 8.4%.
  • In 2019 the population of 0-15 year olds increased by 1.0% (about a sixth of all the population growth in 2019 was amongst children)
  • 28 Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs) in Coventry are the most 10% deprived in England (14.4% in Coventry compared to 10% across England overall)
  • Education standards have improved in Coventry, with 94% of primary and 74% of secondary students attending a good/outstanding school; and fewer young people not in education, employment or training [10]. Coventry is home to two universities and the proportion of students coming from outside the European Union is growing.
  • Coventry benefits from diverse surroundings, its central location allows access to the metropolitan buzz of local cities such as Birmingham and Leicester whilst also being in close proximity to historical towns such as Warwick, Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon and Kenilworth. The city and its surrounding areas contain a range of open spaces, parks and nature reserves with areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Cotswolds around an hour away.
  • The average house price in Coventry as updated in April 2021 is £185,000, offering more affordable housing in comparison to the wider West Midlands region whilst retaining convenience to major cities and travel routes.

Travelling to and from Coventry

Coventry is just one hour from London by train, with great transport to surrounding areas. Coventry’s central location
makes it easy to travel to by train or car with convenient links to M6 and M1.

Geography

The city of Coventry covers a total surface area of approximately 98.6 square kilometres.

Demographics

Coventry's 2021 population is now estimated at 432,386.

Map

Travelling to and from Coventry map

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