14 maps and charts which show England's north south divide

1. The fastest growing cities are all in the south, the shrinking ones are all in the north
1. The fastest growing cities are all in the south, the shrinking ones are all in the north

2. That’s probably because the most productive cities are all in the south
most productive cities are all in the south


3. And wages are generally higher in the south
wages are generally higher in the south


4. Which might be because employment rates are lower in the north
Which might be because employment rates are lower in the north


5. So unemployment benefit claims are higher in the north
So unemployment benefit claims are higher in the north

6. No, they really are
Claimant count

7. The youth claimant count is higher in northern cities, too
youth claimant

8. Northern cities are more dependent on manufacturing
Northern cities are more dependent on manufacturing

9. But the high productivity knowledge businesses are found in the south
the high productivity knowledge businesses are found in the south

10. More patents are granted in the south, too

11. Maybe it's because the broadband speeds are better
 broadband speeds are better in the south

12. Seriously, look at this
Average sync speed


13. The dominance of London means more people use public transport in the south, too
The dominance of London means more people use public transport in the south

14. And more people cycle
Commuting by bicycle

Via citymetric.com
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