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Living in Teeside: The Local Area Guide

Teesside is the name given to a group of urban areas surrounding the River Tees and the large town of Middlesbrough. It is located in north east England and includes the smaller towns of Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham, and Redcar. It has a total population of just under 370,000 people.

Historically it has been a vital industrial area and it still is today, despite much of the north losing its industry. Steel and chemical production are the two major influencers, and it all relies on Teesport, which is the third biggest port in the UK and one of the top 10 in Western Europe, handling around 56 million tonnes of goods every year.

The Northeast of England Process Industry Cluster employs large numbers of locals and produces fertilizers, polymers, and commodity chemicals for distribution worldwide. The area's steel production has international notoriety too, with the steel used for the Sydney Harbour Bridge having been made in Middlebrough. All this from a town which, until the first few years of the 19th century, was a farm hamlet of around 25 people.

Today, other industries such as science development and the service sector are playing a larger role but industry still dominates the commercial field in Middlesbrough and Teesside.

Demographics

Of Teesside's 370,000 people, around half live in Middlesbrough and its considerable suburbs. It is one of the largest towns in the country and is the biggest in the region by a distance.

The mean age for the Teesside area is lower than that for England at around 37.8 (compared to 39.3). Only around 14% of people are over the age of 65, while for the rest of England this figure is closer to 20%.

As is common for industrial towns in the north of England, the area is not particularly wealthy. When measured by social grade, which is established by the occupation of the main household earner, it lags behind the average for England. Only 11.5% of households belong to the grade AB, while the average for England is around 22%, and 26.6% are classified as C1. That's about 5% less than the English average. More than 60% of people in the area belong to the lowest two social grades, while for England as a whole that figure is 46%.

This is also reflected in the property ownership rate, which despite fairly low house prices is a little below the national average. 30.6% of people own their home with a mortgage, and another 26.6% own it outright. Total ownership rates are therefore a few percentage points under those for England. Nearly a quarter of people live in social housing and 15.1% rent privately.

Education

Middlesbrough has the largest cluster of schools in Teesside. There are a good number of primary schools and these feed into eight secondary schools of different religious affiliations, academic approaches and philosophies.

Past secondary school, most pupils go to some form of Sixth Form College or further education institution. The largest of these is Middlesbrough College, which has more than 16,000 students.

The area also has a university, which was formally recognised as such in 1992 having provided an excellent range of technical and academic higher education courses for decades.

Transport

Teesside's status as an industrial area means it has some first rate transport links. Trains are frequent and reliable, offering direct links through the TransPennine Express to Manchester, Liverpool, York and Leeds as well as other cities. Northern also provides some direct connections.

Bus services are also excellent, provided by Stagecoach and Arriva North East while longer trips are covered by National Express and Megabus.

Drivers will also find getting around fairly easy, with plenty of major artery A roads providing quick connections all around the area.

Amenities and Shopping

For residents of Teesside Middlesbrough is the primary shopping destination. Its Cleveland Shopping Centre is a large, modern development with a big selection of fashionable brands, high street names and smaller stores alongside some good restaurants.

There is also Captain Cook Square, as well as Hillstreet Centre which has some further options.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

p>All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith

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