A small market town situated in the very heart of England, Nuneaton is best known as a commuter town and distribution base, thanks to its excellent transport links.
The town has more to offer than just its favourable position, however. While it has a decidedly smaller economy than the larger cities surrounding it, Nuneaton does have a few industries providing steady work, and many new arrivals enjoy the family-friendly village feel and the welcoming nature of locals.
Living in Nuneaton
Nuneaton is becoming increasingly popular as a commuter town for those who work in nearby Birmingham, Coventry and even Leicester, thanks to its excellent transport links and affordable fares. That said, the little market town boasts a few growing industries of its own, particularly in automotive engineering, logistics and retail, and a few international firms have based their UK head offices in and around Nuneaton.
The slower pace, improved work-life balance and the much gentler cost of living are luring more and more city slickers to Nuneaton. A choice of excellent shopping malls, good eateries and cosy pubs are further attractions.
Cost of living in Nuneaton
One of the main attractions of life in Nuneaton, as mentioned, is the low cost of living, which is in clear contrast with major UK cities.
Money stretches significantly further in Nuneaton, especially when it comes to accommodation. With entry-level housing available at a cost well below the national average, Nuneaton is a great place for first-time buyers looking to climb the property ladder, or for those who simply want to get more bang for their buck.
Those in top management at one of the international firms headquartered in and around Nuneaton and therefore earning high salaries, can afford to live particularly comfortably in one of Nuneaton's more desirable and leafy suburbs.
Families and children in Nuneaton
Nuneaton offers a great lifestyle and a safe environment in which to raise a family, with plenty of greenery and several parks and sports facilities. For cultural attractions and more family-friendly entertainment, Birmingham is a short train ride away, while London is just close enough for a day trip.
There are only a small selection of schools in Nuneaton, though a few of these are highly rated and well worth pursuing. Parents should peruse the Ofsted ratings of the area's schools to help them make their decision. There are no international schools in the region, but Birmingham does have a few private schools to choose from for those parents not satisfied with local government schools.
Climate in Nuneaton
England has four distinct seasons but the weather is changeable and unpredictable. Summers are warm and winters are cold, but temperatures are milder than on the continent. Nuneaton is warmer on average than most of the UK and gets more sun and less rain throughout the year on average, but it can still get damp and a bit dismal weather-wise. Temperatures do not usually drop much below 32°F (0°C) in winter, and in summer they rarely exceed 86°F (30°C).
Whether moving to Nuneaton through an intra-company transfer or relocating there to take advantage of its easy commute and village feel, newcomers will undoubtedly be surprised by the little town's big hospitality and charming locals.
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