About Brighton and Hove

A walkable city with stunning architecture, an enviable year-round cultural offer, the historic Lanes, unique independent shops and a vast array of restaurants, pubs and clubs. 

 

Brighton and Hove is a vibrant place to live, work and visit. It is a colourful and creative city with strong community spirit. There are excellent transport links by road, rail and air and Brighton and Hove is home to a number of nationally and internationally renowned institutions.


The City sits between the South Downs – England’s newest National Park - and the sea, and it derives great benefits from these natural landscapes. It is a walkable city with stunning architecture, an enviable year-round cultural offer, the historic Lanes, unique independent shops and a vast array of restaurants, pubs and clubs. Home to more than a quarter of a million people, our city is renowned for its dynamism and its culture of tolerance.

In 2011, there were 273,400 people living in the city with a predicted increase to 291,000 by 2030. The greatest increase is in those aged 25-34 and 50-59. There will also be more children under 15 years old and slightly more people aged 75 years or over. Balancing the pressure of inward migration and population growth against the physical, economic and environmental constraints of the city is a real challenge for the future.

Our city has an unusual age distribution with a bulge of residents aged 20-44 years and relatively high numbers of residents aged 85 years or more. 22 per cent (55,000) are estimated to be aged 19 or under, 65 per cent (165,100) are estimated to be aged between 20 & 64, 14 per cent (35,900) are estimated to be aged 65 or over. The population aged 90 years or more is expected to increase from 2,400 to 3,400 people, an increase of 42 per cent, over the next decade.

Brighton hosts the world - with the largest Pride festival, a year round events and conferencing programme, and the largest arts festival in England through Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe.  Conference tourism is important to Brighton and forms most of the business tourism in the city. The city competes directly for some very significant major conferences against cities such as Belfast, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham. 

Home to a premier league football team, Brighton has some significant sports and leisure assets.  A modernisation programme is underway and a new Investment Plan and operating model of the Council’s sports and leisure facilities are being developed.   

With two universities we have a large student population. Our student population is estimated to be close to 40,000. We also have a large number of foreign language students, around 35,000 per year, although some may only be here for a very short period of time. The largest student populations are found in Hollingdean & Stanmer.