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Living And Working In Exeter

Exeter is a fairly small city in the county of Devon which is situated in the south west of England. It has a population of around 130,000 people and lies by the appropriately named River Exe which originates from Exmoor before reaching its destination ~ the sea at Exmouth. The river offers some spectacular scenery, much of which is rich in wildlife including otters, kingfishers and is renowned for its well stocked salmon.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
August 8, 2023

Exeter is a fairly small city in the county of Devon, around 175 miles from London and is situated in the south west of England. It lies by the appropriately named River Exe which originates from Exmoor before reaching its destination ~ the sea at Exmouth. Exeter has its own airport, regular trains to London and major routes out of the city via the M5.

Centuries ago, historic Exeter began as a small Roman town which transformed much later on by successfully trading in wool. Now Exeter is a flourishing and ambitious city with a strong economy, often outperforming many locations within the UK regarding the ability to create jobs. 

There are many large employers in the area and many smaller yet highly  innovative companies. The economy of Exeter continues to attract investment and the city has many exciting plans for the future in both the public and private sectors. 

Strong sectors here include healthcare, science, research, engineering, sales, education, technology, business, media and public services. According to research, Exeter's economy is predicted to continue to expand throughout 2023 with employment levels rising accordingly.

Education is of a consistently good standard in Exeter and the University of Exeter is continuously ranked highly and offers world class research opportunities for its students, which come from all over the globe. Exeter places huge importance upon a good education and over half of the city’s workforce is described as well qualified, which is significantly higher than the national average.

A town with a long and fascinating history, Exeter boasts a wealth of attractions such as  Exeter Cathedral which is one of Europe's most splendid gothic cathedrals and is over a thousand years old. The Underground Passages were originally built to contain pipes that supplied medieval Exeter with drinking water and are open to the public. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery has a wealth of fascinating displays and of course not forgetting the Historic Quayside which has undergone a fantastic transformation whilst still managing to retain its historical atmosphere. Choose from the many activities, shopping experiences, coffee shops, restaurants and places of interest and you can see for yourself why Exeter is so popular with people of all ages.

Due to the many parks and green spaces, Exeter has been listed as one of the greenest locations within the UK. On the outskirts of Exeter, there are six Valley Parks which are managed by the Wildlife Trust and are often described as ‘countryside within the city’. The river offers some spectacular scenery, much of which is rich in wildlife including otters, kingfishers and is renowned for its well stocked salmon.

Due to the superb quality of life, the balance between urban and rural and the charming green spaces, Exeter is a fantastic choice when deciding where to live.

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