Living in Wiltshire
Wiltshire is a beautiful, predominantly rural county and with a population of just over 500,000 this makes the council the fifth largest local authority in the southwest.
Our towns and villages and our only city, Salisbury, are set against a stunning natural backdrop. Almost half of the county is designated as an 'area of outstanding natural beauty' and we also have two world heritage sites at Stonehenge and Avebury.
Almost half of the county is designated as an 'area of outstanding natural beauty' and we also have two world heritage sites at Stonehenge and Avebury.
The Visit Wiltshire website is a great showcase of the county’s attractions.
Wiltshire Council has defined 20 community areas within the county. These community areas generally include a market town and its surrounding villages. In 2009, 18 Area Boards were established - one for each community area, with the exception of Mere, Tisbury and Wilton, which are together covered by the South West Wiltshire Area Board.
The areas around our office hubs at Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury offer great diversity and quality of life. The price of an average house is £265,764*, comparatively lower than in places such as Bath and Bristol and we have excellent transport connections with the M4 corridor running through the county offering easy access to London, Wales and the rest of the country. London Heathrow and Bristol International airports and the main south coast ferry ports are all within easy reach. We also have 14 train stations in the county, providing links to every part of the UK.
There is no shortage of good primary and secondary schools here either, and in terms of GCSE performance, the percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A* to C grades including English and Mathematics in Wiltshire is above the average for South West England, as the government’s school performance tables show. In April 2017, the DfE ranked Wiltshire Council as the top local authority in England for the quality of school places provided.
*Land Registry HPI March 2017