This section provides links to the reports published by the Centre. Our work covers approximately seven thousand places of all sizes across Britain and we will produce regular reports pertinent to these places


In this briefing report we describe the size of the digital sector in thousands of places across England and Wales: communities, towns and cities; Local Enterprise Partnerships; Combined Authorities. We break the sector down into its component parts.

In this report we analyse trends in housing in our towns and cities since the 1980s. We look at changes in the number of households and average household size; trends in residential tenure; and increases in house prices for all place and property types.

Centre for Towns looks at the 2018 Local Elections, with a particular focus on how voters in towns played a central role in deciding the outcome.

Following on from our report, Ageing Of Our Towns, we take a look at the accessibility of local health services for people in all parts of Britain. If, as we suggest, our towns will get older and older this report describes the implications for the ability of people to get to their GP, pharmacy, dentist and A & E.

To understand the ageing of our towns it is necessary to track the change in age group populations over the last few decades. The Centre first defined the geographical boundaries of each of its places (villages, communities, small, medium, and large towns, and core cities) and then extracted data from the last four censuses (1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011) for populations within those boundaries.

The Centre for Towns is an independent non-partisan organisation dedicated to providing research and analysis of our towns. Whilst our cities receive a good deal of research, we believe that equal attention should be paid to the viability and prosperity of our towns, large and small.

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