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Life in Cornwall

Moving to Cornwall is life-changing in all senses. We believe our county is one of the best places in the world to live - and somewhere you can do something great for vulnerable children, families and adults in Cornwall.

Why here? Let’s start with the healthy lifestyle and fantastic outdoor opportunities. Cornwall offers miles of stunning landscape and variety of places to live, which range from cairn to cove. People here are free to spend their weekends exploring the countryside and numerous historical sites, as well as cool coastal towns like Newquay.

Move here, and you’ll be close to:

  • wild moorland landscapes
  • long and varied coastline
  • beautiful beaches with surfing opportunities
  • attractive villages
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

All this, plus the mildest and sunniest climate in the UK.

Leading the way towards a Carbon Neutral Cornwall

Together with our communities, we’re working to create the Cornwall We Want. Our mission is to combat climate change, fight injustice and create a fairer future for one and all. That means becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030, and we have a roadmap in place to achieve this. Our aim is to reduce carbon emissions by 70% - and we’re already making progress.

Since 2018, we’ve been reducing carbon emissions in a number of ways. They include upgrading street lighting; making business travel greener with pool cars and e-cars; and decentralising work spaces (Any Space, Any Place) so our people do less commuting. At the same time, we’re off-setting emissions by using energy from renewable sources and through the Forest for Cornwall carbon credit scheme. It’s all about leading the way in sustainable living for the wellbeing of future generations.

Tackling the Climate Emergency

We are one of the country’s first local authorities to produce a detailed and ambitious plan to tackle the climate emergency. Cornwall Council is developing a green print for regional climate change leadership.

Recent big changes to the way we work, live and travel has resulted in dramatic changes to our carbon emissions.

The post COVID-19 process gives us an opportunity to speed up the renewal of our environment. We are committed to deliver our climate change action plan.

More information on our climate change action plan can be found on our Climate emergency pages.

Culture in Cornwall

Cornwall is well known for its thriving cultural scene, from the Tate Gallery in St Ives to the Newlyn School of Art and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden as well as numerous festivals to meet all interests and tastes. Our world-class attractions include the Eden Project and the Minack Theatre. Even amid Covid 19, the scene is still coming up with enterprising and fun solutions such as drive-in cinema and outdoor theatre.

We also enjoy a wide range of restaurants owned by world-famous chefs including Rick Stein and John Torode. Cornish beer, cider and gin are also fast achieving worldwide recognition.

There are a number of great cafés and restaurants serving delicious vegan food all using local produce.

Community in Cornwall

Cornwall is one of the safest places to live in the country. Last year, Devon and Cornwall Police reported the second lowest crime rate across the country as a whole.

There are many beautiful towns and villages which boast fantastic homes as well as a true sense of community, and the opportunities of the region enables you to enjoy a unique home / work life balance. Property prices seem to be remaining strong despite Coronavirus and Brexit worries, and so buying property here is still considered to be a sound long-term investment, with housing stock to meet varied budgets.

Because nature and wildlife are such a huge part of everyday life here, we really care about sustainability and protecting the environment. Local beach cleans and conservation groups support and protect our woodlands, moorlands and waters.

Bringing up children in Cornwall

Cornwall offers a wonderful start in life for children, with safe, welcoming and tight-knit communities. Most infants and primary schools are small and local. Meanwhile, we can compete with the best when it comes to secondary education and post-16 college education. We also have a highly-rated university in Falmouth and access to the best universities in the South West.

Employment for partners or family

Whilst many associate Cornwall with tourism, there are opportunities in many other sectors too, which is an important factor to bear in mind when relocating as a family. For example, Cornwall is home to precision manufacturing, tech and creative industries and there is an increasingly strong focus on the aerospace, e-health and marine tech sectors. And let’s not forget our burgeoning food industry, known for artisan foods and great local produce.

Cornwall’s growing Tech industry

We’re proud to have the second fastest-growing tech sector in the country. Here, broadband speeds are faster than in central London, and entrepreneurial start-ups are developing at a faster rate than almost anywhere else.

Cornwall is also the landing point for twenty-two of the world's fastest high-speed undersea and transatlantic fibre optic cables. This makes our county an important hub within Europe's internet infrastructure. Superfast broadband means 95% of Cornish houses and businesses are connected to a fibre-based broadband network, with over 90% of properties able to connect with speeds above 24Mbit/s.

We are also developing plans for a world-leading aerospace industry and we could be the base for the UK's first spaceport. We are leading the way on marine engineering and renewable energy.

Transport

A strong transport network puts you in easy reach of key destinations in the UK and beyond by road, rail, air and sea. Cornwall Airport Newquay - which is owned by Cornwall Council - is the fastest growing regional airport in the UK. It connects more than 400,000 people a year to UK and international destinations.

Plans for the Future

Cornwall Council has recently embarked on our largest ever listening project, 'The Cornwall We Want', an initiative designed to work together with the people of Cornwall to sketch out a vision for the future that we want to leave for our children and grandchildren. We know that only one in ten of Cornwall’s residents want things to go back to the way they were before the Coronavirus pandemic. That’s why we want to work closely with our residents to develop a shared vision for the future of Cornwall, so that Cornwall’s recovery leads to a ‘better normal’ than before the crisis. For more information, please visit The Cornwall We Want website.