Chelmsford is the county town of Essex. Chelmsford is situated around 39 miles outside of London, making it a manageable commute into the capital for those wishing to work there. The town itself has a population of over 157,000 people, a figure which is increasing due to the appeal of living close to, but outside of London.

Chelmsford was originally a market town being an important centre for industry since the 19th century. Chelmsford is a largely commercial city, it employs approximately 80,000 people. There are two main shopping centres along with retail parks and a high street full of independent and chain stores.

The journey to London via train from Chelmsford takes approximately half an hour, offering residents a wealth of choice in terms of job opportunities, either in London or Chelmsford. Chelmsford remains a centre for administration and distribution companies. Other sectors that provide employment in the town include retail, healthcare and the public sector.

Chelmsford has undertaken major development projects to increase residential housing within the town. There are some large scale housing developments throughout Chelmsford including Beaulieu Park, Chancellor Park and 'The Village'.

Hylands Park in Chelmsford is the site of the annual V festival, a popular music festival which attracts people from all of the UK to come and celebrate the three day music event, which has artists from across the globe performing on a number of stages. Revellers camp in the park grounds and can enjoy a wide range of entertainment whilst on site.

The Rivermead Campus of Anglia Ruskin University is situated in Essex, and is just a short walk from the town centre. The Chelmsford campus has a large business school, a new health and social care building and a well equipped gym and sports hall. The University spent £15 billion investing in their newest development the Marconi building, which is home to subjects including science and technology, arts, law and social sciences and has its own amphitheatre along with other modern facilities. The university is also a key employer within the town.

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