Wigan Overview

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The Big Picture

Wigan is a metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, with a population of approximately 326,000 people. The area boasts a range of housing, from Victorian terraces to modern developments, and the council has recently committed to building over 10,000 affordable homes by 2026. Wigan has a vibrant community, with a range of festivals and initiatives throughout the year, including the Wigan International Jazz Festival and the Wigan Arts Festival. The borough also has a strong tradition of amateur sports clubs, particularly in rugby league and football, with Wigan Athletic Football Club playing in the English Football League. For entertainment, there are several popular venues, including the Wigan Little Theatre and the Haigh Woodland Park Amphitheatre. The local economy is diverse, with major employers in healthcare, manufacturing, and retail, including the well-known Heinz food manufacturing plant. Wigan is also home to the Wigan Investment Centre, which supports local businesses and entrepreneurs, helping to drive growth and innovation in the area.

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Wigan Population

The population graphic above highlights changes in Wigan’s population over time, while the diversity graphic compares local diversity to the national average, giving a snapshot of the area’s cultural makeup.

Wigan Diversity

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