The Guild City represents people from all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. At the heart of Preston’s modern-day approach and attitudes to its residents and various communities are its time-served traditional values, not least its friendly reputation, an abundance of Northern charm, and that famous warm Lancashire welcome.
Preston is rightly proud of its diverse community with residents from a variety of backgrounds and communities. To that end, a wide variety of places of worship cater for the many faiths represented with a faith forum dedicated to offering advice and information.
That commitment to diversity includes a dedication to Preston’s gay community too, as celebrated in the annual Pride event (held in September), with a selection of gay bars in the city, and gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender support services available.
The Open Mind festival dedicated to promoting good mental wellbeing and tackling the stigma often associated with mental health issues also takes place annually in September, along with many other community events.
Statistically, Preston – according to the 2011 census figures – has a population of 140,000, with a fairly equal male/female split. Just over 19% of that total are under-16s, with 16.5% in the 16-24 years bracket, just over a third aged 25-49, nearly 14% in the 50-64 age group, and another 16.5% aged 65 and over.