The population of Leicester city centre is one of the fastest growing in the UK, according to a new study by the BBC.
Leicester’s city centre population has risen by a huge 145% between 2002 and 2015 – from 6,000 to 14,700, much of it focused on the cultural quarter around the Curve theatre.
This is the sixth biggest increase in the whole country.
Other East Midland cities have also seen significant increases. Nottingham’s population has gone up from 21,100 to 38,200 – a rise of 81%, While Derby’s has increased by 32% – 5,000 to 6,600.
Up to about 30 years ago people were scrambling to get out of dreary, cramped urban areas and escape to the suburbs.
But now there is a reversal taking place with some town and city centres doubling in size.
The growth in city centre living is down to young people, made up of largely students and single young professionals.
A bustling, vibrant city centre is good news for Leicester.
A spokesman from the research team said: “A struggling city centre can become a symbol of broader social problems and decline. This is why people care so much about the future of their city centres and want to see them thrive.”