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State of the Borough

State of the Borough narrative

This summary complements the State of the Borough data dashboard and highlights some of the key trends emerging in Cheshire West and Chester. All notes on the sources of data, definitions and so on are available on the dashboard.


The borough of Cheshire West and Chester covers approximately 350 square miles and is the fourth largest unitary authority in the North West. The area is characterised by attractive countryside, varied landscapes and diverse settlements. This includes the historic City of Chester, industrial towns, market towns and rural hamlets. Around 361,694 people live in the borough, and over a quarter live in rural areas. The population is expected to increase by more than 10% by 2038, with the greatest increase expected in those aged 65 or above.

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