As of 2018, nearly 6.2% of 2,000 surveyed Londoners said they were looking to move away. Applying this average to the whole population, that’s over 520,000 or 1 in every 16 that are looking for an alternative. This isn’t just older demographics either. A second survey focused on teenagers and students found that out of 1,300, a narrow majority would not want to live or work in London. As the growth in the capital continues to accelerate the surrounding locations with easy transportation links are reaping the benefits with projected price growth of 35%.
Firstly, and probably most importantly, it’s affordable. With much cheaper property prices, lower cost of living and excellent accessibility, the Commuter Belt is a great fit for those who want a less expensive lifestyle but still want to work or play in London.