Basildon District is the second largest district in Essex by population and covers some 42.5 square miles. With excellent road and rail links to London, the rest of the county and South East England, Basildon has much to offer.
Only seven miles of major roads separate Basildon from the M25, and the Channel ports and tunnel are within easy reach. Stansted airport is 45 minutes drive away and Gatwick airport is just over an hour away.
Basildon was designated a new town in 1949 to cope with the growing population of East London. The town was formed from the smaller surrounding towns of Laindon, Pitsea and Vange. It is now a centre of a thriving business community with a vibrant regional shopping centre.
In contrast, Billericay is a semi-rural town with combinations of a historic and modern feel. It retains some of its old world charm, yet has a thriving industrial estate and modern shopping facilities and services.
Wickford has expanded rapidly in recent years with several new industrial estates being created and thousands of new homes built in the Wick and Shotgate, accounting for a third of homes in the town. Wickford is continuing work on improving the town centre where it is currently going through regeneration plans.
The District offers a broad range of sports and leisure activities, which include the Festival Leisure Park, the par-72 golf course at Kingswood and the country parks in Basildon, Billericay, Langdon Hills and Wickford. Work is currently underway on the construction of a state of the art Sporting Village due for completion in time for the London 2012 Olympic games. Some 70% of the District is rural.
Basildon is a major player in the Thames Gateway region which is a priority area for regeneration, and recognised as the business and economic hub of South Essex.
The following 17 downloadable District Profile documents provide a statistical image of the district as a whole and for each of its 16 political wards.
Links to neighbourhood statistics can be found on the Office for National Statistics - Local Statistics web pages. It is recommended that you use this free resource for any further analysis of your local area.