Milton Keynes is the largest town in Buckinghamshire, 50 miles north-west of London wityh a population of around 230,000. A 'new town' created in the 1960s, it incorporated the existing towns of Bletchley, Wolverton, and Stony Stratford, and 15 further villages and farmland in between.
Facilities include a 1,400-seat theatre, a municipal art gallery, two multiplex cinemas, an ecumenical central church, a 400-seat concert hall, a teaching hospital, a 30,500-seat football stadium, an indoor ski-slope and a 65,000-capacity open-air concert venue. Six railway stations serve the Milton Keynes urban area, and the Open University is based here and there is a small campus of the University of Bedfordshire.
Milton Keynes has one of the more successful economies in the UK, ranked highly against a number of criteria. It has the UK's fifth highest number of business startups per capita (but equally of business failures). It is home to several major national and international companies. Despite this economic success and personal wealth for some, there are pockets of nationally significant poverty. The employment profile is composed of about 90% service industries and 9% manufacturing.
Areas of interest to buy-to-let investors include Newport Pagnell (with a thriving high street, great schools and motorway proximity) and The Shenleys (popular with families due to good schools, leisure facilities and transport links). Investors might also consider Crownhill, Emerson Valley & Furzton (higher-than-average rental demand).
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