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Leeds is the largest city in Yorkshire and the chief centre for the West Yorkshire conurbation, with a population of 443,000 for its urban area and 715,000 for the whole metropolitan city in the 2001 census, making it the second largest local authority area in the country after Birmingham.
A major reason people may live in Leeds is its economic position as one of the main financial centres in the UK, which forms a key part of the city's post-industrial economy. It also has been at the centre of a major boom in the construction of city centre apartments. This trend, however, has been widely reported as a bad news story, with the city suffering as much as any from an oversupply of apartments.
Traditionally, Leeds may have the image of being dominated by terraces and this is true of many parts of the inner city. But further out, particularly in many of the northern suburbs, there are many semi-detached homes. In short, Leeds has plenty of housing variety. And is not short of estate agents. The NAEA lists over 200 estate agents within 20 miles of Leeds.
Leeds may not be the prettiest city in the UK, but it is lively, increasingly modern, offers plenty of leisure and excellent shopping, while supplying a variety of housing and localities for those looking to live and work there.
Transport is a curiosity in Leeds. The central station has 16 platforms, making it one of the largest in the country, but the city only has 15 railway stations. In particular, it is notable that the north-east of the city, comprising a large part of the built-up area, is without such a transport facility. With no tram network like Sheffield or Manchester, buses remain the main form of public transport for much of the city. However, the road network is extensive and the M62 and M1 motorways link Leeds well with other large centres of population.
For leisure and retail, Leeds has a strong reputation, its nightlife having a good reputation and aiding the attraction of the two universities, Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan. (The former institution is ranked 26th in the latest Times good university guide and the latter a less impressive 101st). As well as the bars and clubs, Leeds is notably strong for shopping, the arrival of Harvey Nichols dealing a blow to the notion that the average Yorkshireman or woman lives with excessive frugality and dresses like something out of Last of the Summer Wine. Major city centre shopping venues include the Merrion Centre and Leeds Shopping Plaza, while the White Rose Centre offers the edge-of-town experience.
Leeds also has a strong sporting culture, much of which lies either side of a two-died stand at Headingley, one side of which is Leeds rugby league club and the other the famous cricket ground, home not only to Yorkshire's county side but also international matches. Leeds began the 2010-11 season in the Championship after ending a run of spiralling down the divisions and support for the club remains substantial.
Leeds also offers a number of parks, from central green areas such as Woodhouse Moor to the huge Roundhay Park in the north of the city and Bramham Park, which has just hosted this year's Leeds festival. Those seeking not music but racing can find it at Wetherby.
Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry
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