Crawley has been named the fastest growing city of the past 100 years.
The research was published by the Centre For Cities in a report called A Century of Cities, which was published alongside its Cities Outlook 2015 report, which monitors the economic development of the country’s largest cities and towns.
Crawley’s amazing growth will come as no surprise to people familiar with the Commission for New Towns which instigated massive development in the tiny community’s of places such as Crawley, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead following World War Two.
In more recent times, the report showed, the town’s population grew by 11 per cent - 23,900 people - between 2004 and 2013, making it the 10th fastest growing city/large town in the country during that period.
Over the same period, the town saw a 7 per cent rise in available job - 10,200 - the 12th highest in the country; that rise seems miniscule compared to the 600 per cent increase the town saw between 1911 and 2013 - a massive leap from 21,474 jobs to 149,919 jobs.
The report is due to be included in a Newsnight feature on BBC2 tonight (Thursday March 5).
This fascinating report demonstrates the huge expansion of both Crawley as a town and its economy over the past 100 years.Cllr Peter Smith
Cllr Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said: “This fascinating report demonstrates the huge expansion of both Crawley as a town and its economy over the past 100 years.
“More importantly, it validates what we have been doing to support our economy, attract investment and promote our key employment areas.
“Our excellent transport links, established business community, skilled workforce and areas like the Manor Royal Business District are all reasons why Crawley is a great place to do business.”
Centre for Cities focuses on the UK’s 64 largest towns and cities, known as primary urban areas (PUA), for its reports. The Crawley PUA is made up of the local authority areas of Crawley and Reigate and Banstead. The report can be found at www.centreforcities.org
For more information on Crawley’s economy visit www.crawley.gov.uk/business