Ipswich is a vibrant county town with a strong heritage and the new University of Suffolk. Ipswich's Waterfront brings a marina-side café culture; its vibrant arts and culture offer includes numerous festivals and events; three heritage parks and lots of open spaces make the town one of the greenest in the country; and good transport links, including just over an hour to London by train, make Ipswich a great place to live, work and study.
Ipswich Borough Council's "State of Ipswich" report highlights some key facts and figures.
- The population of Ipswich is 133,400. Ipswich has grown by 16,326 residents (13.9%) between 2001 and 2011, which ranks it the 10th (out of 64) fastest growing Primary Urban Area in England. Ipswich has 18.3% of the Suffolk population (728,200), and accounts for 27.4% of the population increase for Suffolk since 2011.
- Ipswich, at 65.7% (87,566), has a larger proportion of more working-age adults (16-64) than the Suffolk average of 63.0% (477,954). It also has a lower proportion of people over 65yrs 14.9% (19,830) than the rest of Suffolk average 21.1% (125,200), and subsequently a much lower proportion of the population in older and elderly-old age. However, it does have a significant population 35 (0.08%) of those aged over 100 when compared with national levels 10,576 (0.06%).
- Ipswich has 42,400 residents aged over 50 which is expected to grow to 50,000 by 2020 partly as a result of the baby boomer population ageing. There is a growing number of early retirees who have developed a wealth of skills and experience during their working life combined with a small but long-term population of those economically-inactive. 6,750 of those over 65 live in one person households: many as a result of loss of family, mobility or income.
- Ipswich is increasingly multicultural with 17.1% of the community from non-white British ethnicities, and over 70 languages being spoken.
- Ipswich has 15,700 (18.7%) economically inactive residents, which is 4.6% lower than the England average and 4,200 (26.7%) are actively wanting a job.
- The number of people living within the most deprived 20% of areas has risen by 2.5% (3,200) suggesting that Ipswich has become comparatively more deprived since 2007.
- The average gross weekly pay in Ipswich is £456 which is £57 lower than the England average. The average gross weekly pay for female workers is 27.0% (£141) lower than that for male workers in Ipswich.
- 6.0% (5,300) of Ipswich claimants are under the age of 34 which is higher than the rest of Suffolk at 3.5% (12,600).