Watford is a location with a great deal to offer. It is Hertfordshire’s most significant town and plays a vital role in its economic prosperity as a successful commercial hub and as a desirable place in which to live, work, study and enjoy leisure time.
Ideally located within close proximity to London, it benefits from excellent travel connections. There is easy access to the M25 and the M1, and a train journey from Watford Junction to London Euston can be as short as 16 minutes. We’re also directly connected to the London Underground network via the Metropolitan Line. If you are travelling further afield we are also ideally located for a choice of international airports.
But even though we’re close to the capital the borough still enjoys plenty of open space: about 20% of the borough is part of the Metropolitan Green Belt, so while our town centre is a bustling and vibrant hub, there is real contrast throughout the town.
Our easy commuting distance to London makes us a popular destination for many people who work in the capital but choose not to live there. But we also have a strong local economy and Watford is an attractive location for a wide range of businesses.
Our population is diverse and growing, with almost 100,000 people living in the borough. Managing this growth effectively is a key strategic priority for the council. It’s essential that housing development keeps pace with demand, to support a sustainable local economy and community.
Below are links to information, data and recent news that help bring Watford to life and emphasise what gives the borough its own unique identity and sense of community and place:
Read the most recent edition of our council magazine - About Watford - that is delivered to every home in the borough.
Find out more about our exciting range of major projects that are transforming Watford.
Read our Corporate Plan 2019/20 that sets out our strategic direction and priorities.
Read our latest Annual Monitoring Report for an update on overall growth and development in the borough.
View our Watford in Numbers overview of the town .
Our population is diverse and growing, with almost 100,000 people living in the borough. Managing this growth effectively is a key strategic priority for the council.