29 stats about the North of England to make you proud!

As a Manchester-based digital marketing agency, we naturally believe that the North of England is a wonderful place to live and work. London tends to get a lot of the limelight, so we thought it was only fair that we shone a spotlight on the North.

As a region rich with industry, arts and culture, the North has many unique characteristics. From stunning areas of beauty through to the industrial landscapes of Manchester and Liverpool, there really is something for everyone in this part of the country!

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Defining the North

It’s pretty hard to determine where exactly the North of England starts, but it’s often described as being anything above the Watford Gap. However, the answer to this question depends on a number of factors.

  • According to YouGov, 91-92% of the English population agree that the North West, North East and Yorkshire belong within the North
  • Most people (62-65% of the population) believe that the West Midlands and East Midlands are neither part of the North or South of the country
  • However, 25% of East Midlands residents and 16% of West Midlanders believe that their own region is part of the North, showing just how hard it is to define this region of the UK!

The population of the North

As we’ve already seen, it’s pretty hard to describe the north in terms of area, as everyone has their own definition.

  • However, according to Statista, the population of the North West in 2022 was estimated at 7,516,113 people
  • The population of the North East was rather different, coming in at around 2,683,040
  • Yorkshire and the Humber had a population of 5,541,262 in 2022. In total, this adds up to 15,740,415 people, which means around 23% of the British population lives in the North of England (with the UK’s population estimated at 67.6 million people)

Our home city: Manchester

Of course, we couldn’t write a blog about the North of England without mentioning Embryo’s home city of Manchester!

  • Major cities contribute greatly to the population of the North, with the Greater Manchester area home to 2,867,800 people in the 2021 Census
  • The total population of the city of Manchester itself was also estimated at 552,000
  • This is an increase from the 2011 Census, which indicated that 503,000 people called the city home that year
  • The most popular age group within Manchester was 20 to 24-year-olds, with around 61,900 people in this grouping living within the city itself
  • There are a total of 214,700 dwellings in the city, including flats, apartments and HMOs (houses of multiple occupancy)

The industrial revolution

Whilst London was traditionally thought of as the main industrial centre of Britain, the North has grown into a palpable economic powerhouse in recent years.

  • According to Transport for the North, the North is home to an estimated 1.1 million businesses
  • This equates to more than 7.7 million jobs across the board
  • The North’s economy is also worth a whopping £343 billion
  • This money amounts to around 19% of the UK’s total economic output
  • However, workers in the North are less productive than in other areas of the UK, as the economic value per person is 18% lower than the British average

Arts and Culture

The North isn’t just an industrial powerhouse – it’s also a haven for the arts, producing a number of legendary actors and music acts.

  • According to Arts Council England, the arts and culture industry in the North of England generated £2.7 billion in turnover in 2016
  • Of this money, the lion’s share (£1.5 billion) was generated in the North West
  • £0.4 billion was generated in the North East
  • £0.7 billion was generated in Yorkshire and the Humber
  • 16,700 people were employed within the arts industry in the North at this time.
  • Greater Manchester contributed the most to the arts and culture industry in the North, with 4,000 jobs created and over £430 million generated

Sports and exercise

Of course, the North of England is also known for its sports, having several high-profile premier league football teams within its boundaries.

  • According to Statista, 60% of people living within Yorkshire and the Humber participate in sporting activities for more than 150 minutes a week.
  • This number drops slightly for the rest of the North, with 59.6% people in the North West exercising for this period of time.
  • In the North East, the number is fairly similar, with 59.7% of the population taking part in regular exercise each week
  • Northern football is particularly popular across the UK, with Manchester United being the most followed football team in the nation (with 29% of people supporting them)
  • Liverpool are a close second at 27% of the British population
  • Manchester United’s rivals, Manchester City, are in fourth place, followed by 19% of people in the UK

As you can see, the North of England is an impressive place to live and work, providing many opportunities for those who seek them.

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