Record numbers of people are moving from London to Bradford – this could be why – Yorkshire Live



Record numbers of people are ditching London for a move to Bradford.

Exclusive analysis reveals, pre-pandemic, ever-more people were shunning the capital to live in the Bradford district.

It follows the news that the number of Londoners moving to Leeds increased by 58 per cent from 2,720 in 2013 to 4,296.

Property websites have reported a jump in people looking for homes outside London since lockdown started.

Some 1,404 people left London to move to Bradford in the year to June 2019 – while 1,279 people moved from Bradford to London.  The stats do not reveal which parts of the Bradford district are proving the most popular.

It means London suffered a net loss of 125 people to Bradford, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

This was the biggest net gain in Londoners moving to Bradford in the nine years of available data.

House prices in Bradford are a lot cheaper than in London.

As of March (the last figures available), the average home costs £131,633 in Bradford – compared to the average £486,000 it costs to buy a home in London.

Overall London saw a net loss of 93,992 people to other parts of the UK in 2019.

That was down from a loss of 103,230 in 2018 and 106,608 people in 2017, but it is more than double the 40,352 net loss in 2011, when comparable records began.

In the year to June 2019, 255,304 people moved to the capital while 349,296 left – record numbers both arriving and leaving.

Property website Rightmove said enquiries by city dwellers looking for home in a village rose 126% in June and July this year, while enquiries for towns rose by 68%. In June and July 2019, 55% of enquiries by Londoners were for within the capital, with 45% outside.

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By this year, it had flipped, with 46% within the capital, and 54% outside.

Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “The lure of a new lifestyle, one that is quieter and has an abundance of beautiful countryside and more outdoor space, has led to more city dwellers choosing to become rural residents.

“We saw a shift as early as April in more people living in cities enquiring about moving out of that city, and this trend has continued.

“The most popular village moves are still within the same region the home-hunters are currently in, as it’s likely they’ll keep their current job but may have the flexibility to commute less often and set up their working space at home.”