Map shows Manchester and Liverpool down in migration numbers

An interactive map based on recent migration data from the Office for National Statistics, created by price comparison company GoCompare, has shown that both Manchester and Liverpool saw more people relocate out of the cities than move in during 2014, while Cheshire experienced a gain.

The ‘No Place Like Home’ analysis, based on data from the ONS Internal Migration series, documents the residential moves between local authorities and regions and shows that during 2014 a total of 2.85m people moved throughout the UK, around one in 20 people.


No place like home? Mapping the movement of people around the UK
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In the North West, the migration picture was mixed. In Manchester, there was a net loss of 3,076 people. Around 46% of people leaving Manchester were 20-29 year olds. For all 10 of Greater Manchester’s local authorities, the total loss was 4,113.

Liverpool experienced a net loss of 2,060 people, and 50% of those were between the ages of 20 to 29. The picture across Merseyside was better, reducing the net loss to 424.

In Cheshire, both Cheshire East and Cheshire West & Chester councils registered a net gain in people moving to their areas; Cheshire East gained 1,359 and CWAC recorded 387.

Across the region, aside from Manchester and Liverpool, the biggest losses were seen in Blackburn, which had 1,535 people move out, and Blackpool, with 780 people leaving the town.

Nationally, 24% of people who move between the ages of 16 and 19 relocate to either London, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham, or Manchester, and 14% of people who move in their 20s move to London.

Aside from Manchester, London, Birmingham and Bradford lost the most people to internal migration.

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This data doesn’t show the full picture as it doesn’t include international migration numbers – which especially in Manchester would more than outweigh any losses internally.

By Robert

Liverpool City Region figures 10 times better than Greater Manchester’s. I think the popularity of city centre and Waterfront living in Liverpool is counteracting other losses, and many of the suburbs are bouncing back too.

By Waterfront

That’ll be all the student hutches. That’s all we ever get built

By Intercity

I have never heard so many non-English speakers in Manchester.

By Elephant

How is Liverpool Region figuring 10 times more, as someone claims? ODD?! I agree, when see kids in classrooms, that the numbers are being boosted by people from The EU.

By Schwyz

It also does not show external emirgration to the EU and other parts, so maybe it balances things out. If these figures are a true reflection on population figures it might make potential investors in properties in the NW think again, is the glut of recent new apartments etc purely a marketing exercise by estate agents and developers?…this is from someone who has over 30 years experience in property all over the UK.

By Man on bicycle

It does not show external emigration too, so the figures are not complete in or out.

By Man on bicycle

424 compared to over 4,000; that’s 10 times better. Not odd that the Liverpool area should do better on certain indices, it’s an attractive place to live.

By Waterfront

You’re comparing total figure with a net figure waterfront.

By Stats

Both figures are net….. Liverpool doing well by comparison anyway.

By Waterfront

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