Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire is currently home to almost 290,000 people, and this local population continues to grow.

Central Bedfordshire is predominantly a rural area and over half the population live in the countryside. The main concentrations of population are found in its various market towns such as Leighton Linslade, Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Biggleswade, Flitwick and Sandy.

The area is generally considered to be a relatively affluent place to live, and as a result there is substantial pressure on affordable housing.

The district enjoys excellent transport links with both the A1 and the M1 bisecting the district. Regular train services reach central London in less than an hour, and this makes Central Bedfordshire a great place to live for professionals who choose to commute into London. There are also excellent links further afield with both Luton and Stansted airports within easy reach.

There is some beautiful countryside to enjoy in Central Bedfordshire. The Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, form a major feature in the south west, the Greensand Ridge runs eastwards through the area, and the Forest of Marston Vale provides over 30 square miles of woodlands in the north west. There are more than 30 sites of special scientific interest, as well as three national and 11 local nature reserves.

Central Bedfordshire’s 2019 Public Health profile

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The local economy is performing well in spite of current financial challenges and levels of employment are above average. However, there are some areas of deprivation and closing the gap in living standards in our communities continues to be a priority for the Council.