About Manchester

Manchester is a city with a rich history, a vibrant present-day, and much to look forward to in the future.

Today, Manchester is buzzing. This city has always been a centre of culture, music and art. And, as well as other sports, our football teams are global brands connected to millions of fans around the world.

Manchester has long been known as a great place for a day or night out. Our retail offer is second to none. Hungry visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to cuisine. And a vast array of pubs, clubs, theatres and other venues make sure there’s never a dull moment in the city.

In 2018 the region’s Gross Value Added (GVA) was estimated to be £22,500 million; and between 2107 and 2018 Manchester’s overall GVA grew by 3.6%, compared to 3.4% for the UK. In March 2020, according to the UK Business Count 2020 (ONS) there were 22,850 enterprises in Manchester.

As of 31 March 2020, according to the Council Tax Stock of Properties (Valuation Office Agency (VOA), September 2020), there were approximately 234,290 residential properties in Manchester. 57.2% of properties were in council tax band A – this represents properties valued less than £40,000 in 1991 and the 2011 Census reports that 38.5% of properties were owner occupied.

According to the 2019 Index of Multiple Deprivation, Manchester ranks 6 out of 326 local authorities in England, where 1 is the most deprived.

We’re home to a growing population. Based on the Council’s own forecasting model we estimate that the residential population in 2021 was 586,100, compared to 578,500 in 2020.