Surrey - Introduction
Welcome to Surrey.
Surrey is a county of 1.1 million people, located on the south-west border of Greater London. The county's countryside setting, proximity to the capital and excellent transport links make it a popular place to live.
Space: with an average of 6.4 habitants per hectare (spread across villages and towns rather than concentrated in large cities) Surrey is only a seventh as crowded as London, meaning more room to get out and about.
Transport: the county has two international airports on its boundaries, good motorway connections to the rest of the UK and fast train services into London.
Schools: plenty of them, of all different types (maintained, private, international) - see the schools page
Countryside: over 70% of Surrey is protected greenbelt, with local countryside attractions including the North Downs, Surrey Hills and the River Thames - more here, and in the VisitSurrey.com brochure here.
The economy: Surrey's Gross Value Added per head (a measure of contribution to the UK economy) is 27% ahead of the UK average, with disposable income ahead of the UK average by a similar amount.
London: Europe's financial capital has plenty for job- and culture-seekers alike, and all within a 25-60 minute train ride from most of Surrey.
All of which helped Surrey take second place out of fifty UK counties and local authorities in the Halifax 2008 Quality of Life Survey.
Where next? Use the page tabs to find out more about the county's history and countryside, location and transport. Or jump straight to one of the 72 guides to towns and villages on the site (totalling over 400 pages of information) by selecting a location from the map below.
Epsom and Ewell
Holmbury St Mary
Reigate and Banstead
- Surrey population
- Surrey population density
- London population density
- Percentage greenbelt
- Gross Value Added
- Surrey gross disposable income per head
- Halifax 2008 Quality of Life survey