Ambition Ipswich

About Ipswich

Ipswich is a vibrant and culturally diverse 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; four museums and lots of open spaces make the town one of the greenest in the country; and good transport links make Ipswich a great place to live, work and study.

Ipswich has forged the best of old and new – it is a thriving port and hi-tech and commercial hub. It is also an important centre for public administration, housing local government, health and related activities.

Our working population of over 75,000 consists of a diverse and young workforce benefitting from our training and skills agenda, a compact education quarter, a good mix of schools and a Waterfront Innovation Centre and core STEM subjects.

They come from all backgrounds, bringing a cultural mix that is the envy of many. This is a tightly-knit town proud of its diversity and its achievements.

Ipswich is just over an hour from the capital by train and benefits from road links (for those who still use cars) to the Midlands and the North and is also close to Cambridge, Norwich and Essex.

Like any urban regional centre, Ipswich also has its challenges, which is why we want to recruit the very best to overcome them.

A few facts and figures:

  • The population of Ipswich is more than 147,000. Ipswich grew by 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 is also the engine room of the Suffolk economy, with a larger proportion of working-age adults than the Suffolk average of 63.0% and a younger population.
  • Ipswich is increasingly multicultural, with 17.1% of the community from non-white British ethnicities, and more than 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.

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