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Stoke-on-Trent named in top 20 of Britain’s most popular cities

Published: Thursday, 23rd August 2018

Stoke-on-Trent is more popular than places including London, Manchester and Leeds, a new nationwide poll has revealed.

It came 16th in a YouGov study that asked more than 55,000 people if they liked particular cities across England, Wales and Scotland.

The data ranked Stoke-on-Trent highest in the West Midlands, coming ahead of Birmingham, Coventry, Hereford, Lichfield, Wolverhampton and Worcester.

Out of the Yougov list of 57 places in Britain, Stoke-on-Trent was also named above Welsh capital Cardiff, as well as nearby East Midlands cities Nottingham and Derby.

The study comes just weeks after Stoke-on-Trent was named in the top 12 best places in the UK for city living, as part of a feature by the Sunday Times.

The city has also been grabbing national attention after the iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper opened at Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. It will be on site until 16 September.

Recent weeks have seen Stoke-on-Trent’s Gladstone Pottery Museum win a top Trip Advisor award, as well as the launch of a series of Summer in Stoke-on-Trent activities and the First World War commemoration events for Stoke Remembers.

Earlier this year the latest UK Cities House Price Index revealed that house prices in Stoke-on-Trent were rising by 7.4 per cent year-on-year – making it the sixth highest on increases when compared with 65 other cities.

And last year Stoke-on-Trent was named the 11th best cultural place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times, while Money Supermarket ranked the city as the 10th best place to bring up a family.

Stoke-on-Trent has also been ranked fourth in the country for employment growth by UK Powerhouse – City Growth Tracker.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader Councillor Ann James said: “We know there’s so much to love about Stoke-on-Trent and it’s fantastic that thousands of people from across the country are also showing their support for the city.

“There have been several recent studies that have highlighted the wonderful things about our city and the fact that Stoke-on-Trent is on the up. We’re really excited about where the city can go from here and the potential to attract more investment.

“Prestigious hotel brand Hilton will soon bring a four-star Garden Inn to the city centre and only last week the city council granted planning permission for two storage and distribution warehouses in the south of the city, which will create up to 500 new jobs.

“From amazing culture to a rapidly growing business base, and a great housing offer with affordable prices to continual improvement in education standards, there’s so much to be proud of in Stoke-on-Trent - including a wealth of unique industrial heritage. We must continue to shout about this to the rest of the country.”

For all media enquiries please contact the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 233653.