Greater Manchester as a place to live

Welcome to our Greater Manchester places to live page. Find the nicest, greatest and best places to live in Greater Manchester.  It is situated in the North West of England.

With a history going back to 79 AD, the City of Manchester has a currently estimated population of 512,000 and, lying within the Greater Manchester area, is the United Kingdom’s second most populous urban area, with a population of 2,553,379. The larger towns making up the Greater Manchester area are; Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside & Trafford.

The city itself is fringed to the South by the Cheshire Plain and by the Pennine Mountains to the north and east. Often referred to as the world’s 1st modern city following on from the Industrial Revolution, Manchester is notable for its architecture, culture, music scene, media links, scientific and engineering output, social impact and sporting connections, particularly being home to the great Premiership football clubs of Manchester United and Manchester City.

With over 200 languages being spoken, Manchester even outstrips London as a truly cosmopolitan city.

Some commendable ‘firsts’ include Manchester being the place where scientists first split the atom and in developing the first stored-programme computer.

There are three universities including Manchester University, the largest single-site university in the UK and has the country’s third largest urban economy.

In fact, as of 2011, Manchester was recorded as the fastest growing major city in the UK and the second most visited city in England by foreign visitors, after London, and the most visited in England outside London.

Being one of the UK’s major cities, it will come as no surprise that shopping and eating opportunities abound, with a nightlife rivaling that of any other UK regional city.

In having England’s 2nd largest airport and significant rail links, transport to and from the city and surrounding areas are excellent.

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