What Is Ipswich Like To Live In?

Voted as the third happiest place to live in the UK and boasting a rich maritime heritage, Ipswich is quickly becoming one of the most desirable places to rent in the UK - but what is it actually like to live in?
Dan Whitby

Ipswich is possibly Britain’s oldest town with neatly positioned, stunning 15th century buildings and a thousand years of maritime heritage. The town’s wealth of history and its marvellous medieval buildings (of which an excess of 650 are listed) are prime tourist attractions. Today with extensive investment, the town’s waterfront is crowded with galleries, independent shops and boutiques, cafes, and the list goes on.

Ipswich- A Good Place to Live?

Ipswich town is large and is well served by both road and rail with good connections to the county and beyond. With cultural heritage aplenty combined with excellent local amenities, Ipswich has a lot going for it and it’s no wonder it’s the only UK destination to make TripAdvisor’s list of Top 25 Emerging Destinations in the World for 2020. The town was also voted the 7th most desirable place to live and work in England by the Royal Mail. In 2007, Ipswich was awarded the cleanest town award and in 2015, it was rated the third happiest place to live in the UK.

Ipswich is certainly emerging as one of the most desirable places to live in England, as the town offers its residents the full package. It is a prime location for those looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city, whilst still maintaining the same opportunities. The town pretty much has everything you need on a day-to-day basis and it is very well situated in terms of travelling to the UK capital and beyond.

What is it like to live in Ipswich?

Is Ipswich a Safe Place to Live?

Overall, Ipswich is a safe place to live and is by far a safer option than London; and this is what makes living in Ipswich so appealing. The close proximity to the capital, yet a much more secure environment means that residents experience the best of both worlds. 

Statistically, areas like Rushmere and Washbrook in the south and north-east of Ipswich are considered to be the safest place to live. Suffolk Police have safer neighbourhood teams in place in town and across Suffolk to combat and reduce criminal behaviour regardless.

Whilst Ipswich offers high-quality of life, countryside and coast on the doorstep, unfortunately it is not immune from crime and anti-social behaviour much like any other town in the UK. However, according to the latest statistics, crime rates are consistently dropping throughout the town, with many categories of crime declining year-on-year for the fourth year in a row. 

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