Ipswich is a vibrant county town and regional centre with a strong heritage and the new University of Suffolk on the town's transformed Waterfront.
Ipswich's vibrant arts and culture offer includes numerous festivals and events; three heritage parks and lots of open spaces make the town one of the greenest in the country; and good transport links, including just over an hour to London by train, make Ipswich a great place to live, work and study.
Ipswich was recently named as the best place in the UK for people to start a business and has a thriving port and hi-tech and commercial sectors. It is also an important centre for public administration, housing local government, health and related hubs.
Ipswich Borough Council's "State of Ipswich" report highlights some key facts and figures:
- The population of Ipswich is 133,400. Ipswich has grown by 16,326 residents (13.9%) between 2001 and 2011, which ranks it the 10th (out of 64) fastest growing Primary Urban Area in England. Ipswich has 18.3% of the Suffolk population (728,200), and accounts for 27.4% of the population increase for Suffolk since 2011.
- Ipswich, at 65.7% (87,566), has a larger proportion of more working-age adults (16-64) than the Suffolk average of 63.0% (477,954). It also has a lower proportion of people over 65yrs 14.9% (19,830) than the rest of Suffolk average 21.1% (125,200), and subsequently a much lower proportion of the population in older and elderly-old age.
- Ipswich has 42,400 residents aged over 50, which is expected to grow to 50,000 by 2020 partly as a result of the baby boomer population ageing. There is a growing number of early retirees who have developed a wealth of skills and experience during their working life combined with a small but long-term population of those economically-inactive. 6,750 of those over 65 live in one-person households: many as a result of loss of family, mobility or income.
- Ipswich is increasingly multicultural with 17.1% of the community from non-white British ethnicities, and over 70 languages being spoken.
- Ipswich has 15,700 (18.7%) economically inactive residents, which is 4.6% lower than the England average and 4,200 (26.7%) are actively wanting a job.
- The number of people living within the most deprived 20% of areas has risen by 2.5% (3,200) suggesting that Ipswich has become comparatively more deprived since 2007.
- The average gross weekly pay in Ipswich is £456, which is £57 lower than the England average. The average gross weekly pay for female workers is 27.0% (£141) lower than that for male workers in Ipswich.