Situated on the estuary of the River Ribble, Preston became the country’s 50th city in 2002 to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Year.

Historically an important part of the cotton textile industry, Preston is now the centre of Lancashire’s local government administration and houses the main County Council. Preston also houses the headquarters of Booth’s Supermarkets. The current Chairman Edwin J Booth is a notable local philanthropist and the 5th generation of the family to run the business. Preston’s local population is 140,500 and is made up of 22 wards.




Children, Young People & Families

Strong Communities

Arts, Culture & Heritage

According to the latest national indicator statistics, only 32% of adults across Preston engage regularly in the arts, compared to 45% nationally.

Education and Learning

Only 64% of the working population in Preston have qualifications equal or better to NVQ level 2.


The average pre-tax personal income in Preston is well below the national average at £22,300 - compared to £27,400 nationally.

Healthy Living

Preston has a cancer mortality rate well in excess of the national average, at 135 deaths per 10,000 people, compared to 105 nationally.

Housing and Homelessness

34.5% of people live alone in Preston – the third highest percentage in Lancashire.

Local Economy, including Social Enterprises

Only 4.2% of Preston’s businesses are involved in the production sector, the smallest percentage in Lancashire.


23% of people in Preston think the area has a problem with anti-social behaviour.

Social Isolation

22% of residents over the age of 60 live below the poverty line.


Unemployment in Preston is 8.5%, above the Lancashire (7.3%) and England (7.8%) averages.

Support and Education for Eating Disorders (S.E.E.D)


S.E.E.D offers information, advice and practical help for individuals suffering from eating disorders. S.E.E.D is run by volunteers who are professionals in the specialist field of eating disorders, or themselves are ex-sufferers or carers. They provide therapeutic support to gain skills and build confidence and personal development.

Thank you

Thanks to Lancashire's Councils for Voluntary Services and Lancashire County Council for their support.

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