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Where? 'Kingston upon Hull has an inescapable maritime culture creating the relaxing atmosphere that only a waterfront city can offer. The marina forms an elegant focal point and is just a few minutes' walk away from the city's contrasting mix of award-winning museums, shopping and nightlife.' Visit Yorkshire

What makes it different from any other northern city? Britain's 10th biggest city has had £1 billion pumped into it after being labelled one of the worst authorities in Britain by an Audit Commission report last September. Hull has been working hard to change its image with extensive redevelopment of tourist attractions and housing.

Schools? Mixed independent Hull High School was awarded seventh place in a Times list of best prep schools in the UK. The school also takes girls on to A-level.

Homes? An 'outstanding' grade II-listed Georgian coach-house, with six double bedrooms, three reception rooms and a games room in the village of North Cave, is available for £595,000.

Work? There are about 149 GPs, 26 of them singlehanded, working in 59 practices under West Hull PCT.

Leisure? If sea shanties are your

thing then Hull's the place. Its annual

sing-sing joins jazz and classical festivals

in the city as well as a growing number of museums and events. Hull is in East

Riding, offering a mix of beautiful countryside and rugged coastline.

Up the road is Scarborough, the original seaside resort, with surprisingly good watersports.

From the local press: A new baby-naming phenomenon is spreading through East Yorkshire. As Hull City

seem set to clinch promotion to the Championship, the number of children named after the club's home stadium is

on the rise. ­ Hull News April 11, 2005

Famous residents: John Prescott, Fat Boy Slim, The Housemartins, William Wilberforce, Maureen Lipman and Amy Johnston. Poet Philip Larkin was a librarian at Hull University for 30 years.

Anything else? Hull is equidistant between London and Edinburgh The English civil war started in Hull.

Location, location

5% unemployment rate

7.5% of the population left between 1991 and 2001

25% of the population are under 25

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