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Living in Blackpool

An old-school seaside gem in the North West

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £280.83
  • Housing £765.52
  • Transportation £55.00
  • Sport and leisure £48.13
Total £1,149.48

About Blackpool

Often regarded as England’s archetypal seaside town, Blackpool is as much a resort as it is a residential area. Situated on the Irish Sea coast of England, the seafront of Blackpool stretches across a seven mile sandy beach that rises into rocky outcrops at the North Cliffs. With an economy deeply rooted in tourism, it’s no surprise that the town is home to a variety of unique landmarks. Most of Blackpool’s six million yearly tourists can be found at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, an amusement park with one of the world’s largest roller coasters, The Big One. New residents need only look to Blackpool Tower for further “wow” factor. With a staggering height of over 518 feet, the Tower presides over all as a marvel of Victorian architecture.

Between the iron and brick, there’s also great greenery to be found. Spreading over 260 acres, the Grade-II registered Stanley Park is open to the public every day between dawn and dusk. Closer to the North Shore side of Blackpool, Devonshire Rock Gardens offers a peaceful green space for those needing a break from the sea.

Blackpool viewed from the sea

Recently, Blackpool received a financial injection of £661,333 to boost its iconic cultural and heritage sites and encourage a speedy recovery from the Coronavirus Pandemic. As many of its independent cinemas and art institutions are included in this package, expect a big boom in cultural activities across the city centre.

  • Avg. monthly salary £1,300
  • Pollution Low
  • Avg. council tax £1,978
  • Internet speed 100 mbps

Demographics

Age

  • Age 19 and under 23.1%
  • Age 20 to 29 12.6%
  • Age 30 to 39 11.9%
  • Age 40 to 49 16.3%
  • Age 50 to 59 13%
  • Age 60+ 23.2%

Social grades

  • Upper / Middle class 16.5%
  • Lower middle class 36.7%
  • Skilled working class 21.1%
  • Working class / Pensioners 25.7%

Politics

  • Conservative 50%
  • Labour 38%
  • Brexit Party 6%
  • Liberal Democrat 3%
  • Green 2%
  • Independent 1%
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Crime rate in Blackpool

The level of crime in the city of Blackpool is about average for the UK. Much of the crime in the central area stems largely from people selling illegal substances - a common problem in tourist areas - rather than more serious or violent crimes, like burglaries.
  • Crime rating Average crime
  • Crimes last 12m 1888
  • Crimes per thousand 207

The local area

Blackpool is a sprawling seaside town with shops and stores littered across the shorefront. All the best high street shops can be found at Houndshill Shopping Centre, which is located just off Victoria Street. If you’re looking for groceries, there are several supermarkets available in the city centre on Waterloo road.

Local Cafes and Restaurants

4 restaurants in Blackpool
  1. Belle Vue Hotel Pub/bar/nightclub
  2. Food Palace Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  3. Michaels Restaurant Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  4. Our Wee Chippy Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen

Cost of living in Blackpool

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£0.70£0.50 - £1.30
Bread£0.90£0.50 - £1.50
Eggs£1.58£1.15 - £3.00
Wine£5.00£5.00 - £7.00
Beer£1.83£1.50 - £2.00
Utilities£176.69£154.91 - £570.73
Preschool cost£601£535 - £667

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£139K£43K - £220K
Rent: 2 Bed house£424 PCM£240 - £732
Rent HMO£420 PCM£300 - £720

Public Transport costs

If you’re not keen on walking or cycling, Blackpool can be easily explored on a wide range of public transport. A tram service runs along the 11 mile distance between Starr Gate and Fleetwood, while a variety of buses run between Blackpool and Lancaster, Preston and Blackpool via Fylde, and Preston and Blackpool via Kirkham. Inexpensive train services exist between the major northern links. Customers can travel to Manchester with a journey time of just 1 hour 17 minutes.
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£2£2.00 - £2.70
Monthly pass£55£50.00 - £57.00
Taxi starting tariff£2£1.80 - £3.20

Leisure

Though Blackpool’s Golden Mile is home to a host of dazzling casinos, the town also has plenty of more wholesome activities to offer too. For those who like to keep fit, Blackpool Sports Centre has a range of facilities available, including its infamous obstacle course.

Stanley Park offers a peaceful retreat to those who need a break from the town’s hustle and bustle. For a drink at the end of a long day, walk along Abingdon St and check out the eclectic range of bars and pubs. If you’re looking for somewhere specific to eat, Blackpool’s coastline is littered with well-reviewed restaurants.

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£33 pm£25.00 - £45.00
Cinema£6 pp£5.00 - £11.00
Inexpensive restaurant£10 pp£7.00 - £20.00

Moving to Blackpool

Though Blackpool’s tourism sector caters to short term visitors intent on a good time, most of these groups generally stay close to the coast. This means much of the housing in the centre has been designed for people who live and work there.

The cost of living in Blackpool is, on average, lower than the rest of the UK. The average house price comes in under £170,000, while the cost of living is over 20% cheaper than London. For a 3-bed house in the city centre, expect to pay around £700 a month in rent.

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