Manchester is a vibrant and dynamic, post-industrial city of 520,200 inhabitants in the northwest of England. It has a young and diverse population, with significant immigrant communities from the Caribbean, Africa, Pakistan, India and more. This ethnic diversity brings a cultural richness to the city, which can be experienced through local art, music, and food.

Manchester is known for its thriving industry, but the city also boasts six local nature reserves and 135 parks, gardens and open spaces. Among these is award-winning Heaton Park, which is one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, covering 250 hectares of parkland.  The city also displays a variety of architectural styles, ranging from Victorian to contemporary, as well as some pioneering eco-friendly buildings.

The City Council in partnership with Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust is committed to improving the health of the residents of Manchester through a variety of innovative and fun projects and schemes.

Did you know?

  • 2014 in Manchester saw 7964 live births – almost 22 per day.
  • The heaviest baby born on record in Manchester weighed 5.7 kilograms.
  • The most popular names for boys in Manchester are Oliver, Jacob and Jack.
  • The most popular names for girls are Amelia, Olivia and Isla.
  • The average age for a first pregnancy is 28.1, while the average age for a fourth pregnancy is 32.4.

Manchester sees a lot of births – almost 22 per day for a total of nearly 8 000 per year. Of these, 1.3% are born to women 18 or under, and 18.5% are born to women over 35. However, the average age for pregnancy is 29.8 years. The city is well prepared for these births – the main maternity hospital is fully accredited as a UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative, with breastfeeding initiation rates of 65.3% (within 24 hours of birth).

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