Norwich revealed as 2nd most desirable place to live In the UK

Wednesday 8th March 2017


Norwich revealed as 2nd most desirable place to live In the UK

Though it’s come as no surprise to us – we’ve long known just how much the east of England has to offer – Norwich is now officially the second most desirable place to live in the UK. The study, carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research on behalf of the Royal Mail, looked at a number of factors that had an impact on quality of life. These included access to green spaces, good employment prospects, good schools and affordable housing. Norwich scored highly in all these areas, making it an excellent place for people of all ages to call home.

Green spaces

With Norfolk’s spectacular countryside on its doorstep, it’s no surprise that Norwich scored highly when it came to green spaces. The county is home to an excellent choice of walking routes, a number of protected areas and a fantastic variety of parks and gardens. What’s more, with the coast just a short drive from the city centre, people living in Norwich have easy access to some of the UK best beaches.


With its rapidly growing tech industry and great variety of start up businesses, Norwich is a fantastic place for entrepreneurs. Whether they want to begin a venture of their own or join a growing business, people moving to Norwich will have a wide choice of exciting jobs to choose from. The city is also a fantastic place to open a retail business and Norwich boasts a vibrant food and drink scene, providing a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Commuting times

Another factor that the survey took into account was commuting times. With most areas of Norwich within a short drive or easy cycle of its residential areas, this was another area where the city scored highly. Even those commuting to London have a reasonable journey to the office with some direct trains taking less than two hours.

Affordable housing

Though house prices in Norwich, and Norfolk in general, are on the up, it remains far more affordable than many other parts of the country. According to Rightmove, the average cost of a home in Norwich is now £223,027. This is compared to the national average of £273,000. This makes the city a great choice for first time buyers looking to get on the property ladder and ensures the county’s property market is always buoyant.


If you want to find out more about the local property market, or if you’re interested in moving to the area, contact a member of our team or take a look around our site.

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