Telford: a great place to live

A photo of the bridge in Ironbridge Gorge

Recognised as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and established as a new town in the 1960s, Telford combines the best of old and new, giving residents a high quality of life and attracting over 3.6 million visitors per year.

As we deliver a wide range of services to local residents and businesses, it is important that we have clear plans to make sure we are moving in the right direction.View more information on our Council Plans and Priorities page.

In the past few years over £800m of investment has seen every secondary school in the borough rebuilt or extensively remodelled, the town centre revitalised and new road and rail infrastructure providing direct transport links to major cities across the UK including London.

While maintaining the reputation as a town of a thousand trees, the town boasts one of the largest town parks in the country, which, as well as hosting music and entertainment events attracting household names, is adjacent to a world class convention centre attracting many international events and exhibitions. With a vibrant night time economy and a number of historic borough and market towns, there is something for everyone’s taste in Telford.

With a high rate of employment of skilled and semi-skilled and professional jobs. 72% of the population is employed. 47% are in full time employment.  The gross monthly income of the average resident in Telford and Wrekin is £1,930 per month on par with the national average.

Whatever your budget you’ll find shopping in Telford and Wrekin delivers quality and value for money. From traditional market town shopping to budget and high end supermarkets.

How much will it cost me to live in Telford?

Average house prices in Telford compare very favourably with the national and regional average, offering a lot more house for your money.

  Average Semi-detached Detached
Telford and Wrekin £204,817 £183,338 £324,942
West Midlands £230,888 £227,131 £392,159
United Kingdom £270,708 £261,325 £428,134

Source: UK House Price Index: data downloads January 2021-22 Figures are dated November 2021.

We have an abundance of housing developments from small sites to large urban and rural developments. New housing and modern apartment living is not all we have to offer as Telford boasts six borough towns each with their own history and charm where you will discover Shropshire’s stunning countryside.

How will I find a home?

There are many reputable estate agents in the Borough and in addition, our Telford Homefinder scheme is available to help families find long-term rented accommodation. You may also consider using Telford Homefinder if you wish to find your feet before deciding to purchase property in the area. To view the latest properties available visit Telford Homefinder.

Private lettings are available from ‘Nuplace’ who give priority to social work professionals. To rent a home visit the Nuplace website.

Will my children be able to access good quality schools and colleges?

Telford is a magnet for families looking to relocate, attracted by the education and training provision, employment opportunities and the chance to enjoy a better work life balance through the borough’s leisure offer and open space.

Telford has a strong range of education and training provision, including top performing leading grammar schools, as well as award winning FE Colleges and 6th forms.

School attainment results outperform the national average, with the number of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs graded A* to C and A level grades continuing to outperform those obtained in England.

The Government’s Building Schools for the Future Programme has transformed secondary education in Telford with a £200m investment programme, seeing every secondary school in the borough completely rebuilt or extensively remodelled.

For those entering higher education, there are nine universities in and around the area including The University of Wolverhampton, Harper Adams University based in the borough as well as Birmingham, Coventry, Aston, Keele, Staffordshire and Derby.

Last updated: 22/03/2022 10:17