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Working and living in Lincolnshire

One of the most important decisions in life is choosing where you live and work.

Lincolnshire Map

Lincolnshire Map

Lincolnshire is steeped with history and brimming with life. Situated on the east coast of England Lincolnshire stretches from the Humber to the Wash, covering an area of 2,687 square miles and is made up of seven diverse districts.

It is easily accessible to the whole of the UK and has easy links into Europe.

It has an outstanding area of ever changing landscapes and exciting scenery, shaped by a rich tapestry of fascinating heritage, passionate people and interesting traditions. 

Each year thousands of people choose to come to Lincolnshire, primarily for the quality of life it has to offer. There is a real mix of a thriving urban city, bustling historic market towns, idyllic villages, miles of unspoilt coastline and areas of natural beauty. 

We have low crime rates, affordable housing, good education facilities and a healthy environment making it a great place to live and work.

From a work perspective, Lincolnshire offers a wide variety of experiences; including inner city issues, coastal deprivation, rural remoteness and a high influx of immigration to the south of the county.

For more information on our vibrant county Visit Lincolnshire.

Travelling to and around Lincolnshire


Lincolnshire is less than two hours by road or rail from London and is accessible to everyone.

By Rail: If you are travelling to Lincolnshire, the train is a great way to get here. The main East Coast rail line through Peterborough,Grantham and Newark provides connections to Lincoln, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Boston, Skegness, Spalding and Stamford.

Central Trains include services from: Peterborough, Leicester,Nottingham, Birmingham, Newark, Derby, Doncaster, Loughborough Burton-on-Trent and more.

By Road: Lincolnshire may not have the most expansive road network, possibly due to the desire not to spoil the beautiful countryside the whole county has to offer, but also, arguably, the lesser volume of road traffic. A well-developed network of A-roads connects all the major towns and the county is easily commutable from neighbouring districts.

Motorways: From the North and West - A1, M1, M62, M180; From the South - M1, A1 and M180.

Major Roads: A15 Humber Bridge to Peterborough; A16 Grimsby to Stamford; A17 Newark to Kings Lynn; A46 Leicester to Grimsby; A52 Midlands to the Lincolnshire Coast.

By Air: Robin Hood Airport Doncaster, Sheffield City Airport,Humberside International Airport and East Midlands Airport are close to Lincolnshire. Other airports that service the East Midlands are Manchester and Birmingham. London Stansted is also easily accessible.

The economy

The Economy

Lincolnshire has such a diverse business base and this is one of its greatest strengths as a place to live and work.

Famous for being a great agricultural county thanks to the fertile, arable land which produces more crops than any other county in Britain. However, Lincolnshire has diversified into many other economic sectors; these include engineering, manufacturing, tourism and service sectors. Another important aspect of the county’s economy is the number of Armed Forces’ bases located in the County.

The County has dedicated significant resources in the last few years to stimulate growth in new sectors, harnessing millions of European and public money to incubate new businesses, encourage companies to add value to their production processes and to create high quality working space for modern businesses - at costs well below the regional and national averages.

Of particular significance is the multi-million pound shopping, leisure and university developments currently taking place in the city of Lincoln which is set to transform the economy of Lincolnshire. 

Education and learning

Education and Learning

For almost every family, the quality of the local state education system is of prime importance. Lincolnshire has an excellent educational offering from pre-school education to University.

With a diverse mix of schools Lincolnshire has an outstanding academic record, with the average percentage of pupils in Lincolnshire gaining five A* to C grades at GCSE continuously exceeding the national average. A number of the county’s top performing schools can be found in Lincolnshire, including those with sixth forms.

Lincolnshire remains one of the few areas in the UK to retain grammar schools, and also has an increasing range of schools with specialist status, from Technology to Arts. There is also a good choice of junior and secondary schools provided by the independent private sector.

Children with special needs are well catered for with increasing emphasis on making the right provision within the setting of mainstream school.

Lincolnshire has a number of colleges and the University of Lincoln is ranked as one of the best universities in the UK by a number of different league tables and surveys. This includes being named as one of the top 50 Universities in The Guardian’s 2013 University Guide.

Affordable housing


Lincolnshire has it all – with a range of housing from town centre apartments, family terraces, to new build developments and detached homes in picturesque village locations.

Lincolnshire has some of the best value homes in the Country with property prices somewhat lower than the UK average. Average house prices in Lincolnshire vary from £127,673 to £163,999 compared to the average UK house price of £238,976.

So there is something for everyone at a more affordable price - for those that enjoy the thriving urban town life to those who prefer the tranquil rural village life.

According to the 2013 Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey, Lincolnshire districts South Kesteven, North Kesteven and West Lindsey have all appeared in a top 50 chart of quality of rural life rankings!

Healthy environment

The quality of life in Lincolnshire is great. With so much to do and see everyone can find the lifestyle they want in Lincolnshire.

Whether your idea of a great day out is strolling around boutique shops or motorbike racing, water-skiing or walking, it’s all on offer in Lincolnshire. The County’s many outdoor activities all take place against the backdrop of one of Britain’s most scenic landscapes.

Good quality horse racing is to be enjoyed at Market Rasen

Quality horse racing is enjoyed at Market Rasen

The coastline is famous for its long sandy beaches, and there are many resorts - some small and quiet, others geared for an active family day out - to choose from. The coast is also one of the many places in Lincolnshire from which to observe a wealth of wildlife.

Quality horse racing is enjoyed at Market Rasen, motor racing at Cadwell Park and international horse trials at Market Rasen nearby Burghley. The world’s 30th highest-rated golf course is to be found at Woodhall Spa - one of many in the county.

But of course, for many of us, the perfect way to spend a relaxing lunchtime or evening is in a grand old English pub and you really are spoilt for choice in Lincolnshire, where you can enjoy fine local produce and some of the country’s best real ales.

All this, plus regular market days, fair days and festivals, children’s activity days and road shows, touring dramas and music events means there really is something for everyone in Lincolnshire.

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Last updated: 21 September 2016

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