Britain's Ocean City
Plymouth is home to the largest naval base in Europe with HMS Raleigh one of only two centres in the UK for naval recruits to commence their basic training and naval career. The city has also become one of Europe’s leading centres of expertise in marine science and technology.
The city has a current population of 256,700 (2011 Census) and has increased by 6% since 2001. In the next decade to 2021 the latest O.N.S. projections show Plymouth’s population will grow to 271,000.
With a reported 5.2 million visitors coming to the city, the tourism sector is worth £327 million per annum. Over 7% of businesses support the growing visitor economy which has increased over 25% since 2010.
The University of Plymouth is one of the largest in the
UK by student population with a total student intake of 28,625. It recently opened a £19m Marine Institute building, a £30m headquarters and second teaching building for the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (a joint enterprise with Exeter University) and a £35m arts complex housing the Faculty of Arts and the Plymouth Arts Centre.
Plymouth is in the midst of considerable regeneration and investment in the lead up to 2020 which will showcase the city in celebration of the Pilgrim Fathers leaving Mayflower Steps for America in 1620. The city council has been a major force in bringing about public and developer led schemes to enhance a number of key sectors, with a focus on industry, tourism, education and housing. Whilst this is expected to maintain far beyond 2020, this major anniversary year is a core focus to give Plymouth world wide coverage.