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The City of Lincoln

"Divided by uphill and downhill but united by pride, Lincoln is one of England's most beautiful and vibrant cathedral cities."

With a constantly diversifying population Lincoln is Lincolnshire’s urban hub; 90,000 people have made it their home.  Situated in the East Midlands region of England, the city is entirely urban in nature and has a tightly drawn boundary covering just 13.78 square miles. It is a significant regional centre, with a high number of people who commute to work, shop or visit the city.

The city is steeped in heritage and has been witness to over 2,000 years of history.  A searing and magnificent cathedral, situated at the heart of the city’s many visitor attractions, towers over a hustling shopping area; a perfect marriage of the old and the new.  

Modern attractions

Modern Lincoln is a mix of lively entertainment and cultural attractions, thanks largely to the regeneration of the Cultural Quarter and the Brayford Waterfront.  Arts and entertainment activities are provided in abundance through great venues such as the refurbished Drill Hall, The Collection and the university’s Performing Arts Centre (LPAC).

Although heavily dependent on the service sector, particularly retail and distribution, the city is renowned for industrial innovation and is the birthplace of the tank.  It continues to lead on innovation through its expanding university and the development of centres such as The Terrace and The Think Tank.

Tourism is also vital to the economy with visitors from around the world flocking to visit Lincoln’s plethora of historic and modern attractions. In addition the council’s traditional Christmas Market helps to attract around £10 million worth of spend to the local economy.  


Lincoln has witnessed huge growth over the past decade bringing with it may benefits and challenges.  The city has ambitions to improve its infrastructure and affordable housing quota to provide social stability and economic opportunities for future generations.

Economic migrants, particularly from Eastern Europe, have helped to diversify the city’s population and enhance our cultural identity.  The University of Lincoln has more than 10,000 students who have also contributed significantly to both the city’s economy and its vibrancy.  

There are around 41,000 homes in the city, approximately 8,000 (19.5 per cent) of which are owned by the council. In 2005 the council made the decision to retain its housing stock in-house.