As the 3rd largest city in the UK, Manchester has much to offer tourism, investors and its own residential populous. Unlike its close neighbour Liverpool, it is not joint to the coast and therefore cannot benefit from a port or shipping industry of any kind. Instead, Manchester has long relied on, roads, rails, trams and even canals for its overall infrastructure. The name Manchester is famous throughout the world for its sports teams, Manchester United and Manchester City, United probably being the most widely supported sports team of all time.
The city has a number of impressive stats, for instance, it has the largest proportion of young people than any other UK city, and is said to be, time and time again the highest yielding city for buy-to-let property. Many choose to reside in Manchester as it has all the same shops, bars cafes that can be found in London but in a far smaller area which is also highly pedestrianised and relies heavily on trams for inner city transport, rather than super high volumes of taxis buses and cars. Obviously, it has all these forms of transport, but as a pedestrian walking the inner city paths it does not have the same feel as London.
With two major Universities and an additional 2 smaller centres of higher education, it boasts 4 Universities (the biggest and most established being Manchester University). The exact figure of students in the area is so vast that figures differ, as it has the largest student population in Europe. Our estimate is around 90,000 students according to some reports. For a city somewhere in the region of 25-30% the size of London this is truly an impressive figure. The total population of Greater Manchester is well over the 2 million mark with Manchester itself having around 500,000 people. The overall area is the most populated area outside of London.
Salford Quays is a newer modern area of Manchester, obviously, it has always been there, but with the building of Media City, it is now a global Hub for digital and creative sectors helping to attract 70 of the 100 FTSE 100 companies to settle themselves in the City. It has over 200 companies including BBC, ITV, SIS, BUPA, Cussons and many more. These companies push up the average salary. It is a key part of the overall Manchester economy, helping it to grow by over 14% since 2004. Markets that have contributed the most to this are public sector, financial, professional and an expanding creative and digital sector. At Salford Quays alone tourists spent £251 million in 2012 and all together Salford has 7900 separate businesses. In several studies, it is suggested that Salford has some of the most desirable residential property in the UK.