Bury is situated in the North West of England and forms part of the Greater Manchester sub-region, which comprises ten unitary authorities and has a total population of around 2,500,000. The borough is a compact area of some 38 square miles, comprising the towns of Bury, Prestwich, Whitefield, Radcliffe and Ramsbottom and a number of surrounding villages. It is mainly urban in character, although the North of the Borough is partially rural.
The borough has a population of 185,400 people. Bury has a slightly younger population profile than the rest of Greater Manchester. There are 46,200 children and young people aged from 0-19 in Bury, which is almost 25% of the total population. Approximately 11% of the population come from minority ethnic backgrounds. The population is expected to grow over the next 10 years as new housing comes on stream.
The Borough is very well connected to the Greater Manchester area and the North West in general, with the M60 and M66 running through the Borough. There is also a Metrolink line from Bury into Manchester via Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich. The journey from Bury to the City Centre takes just over 30 minutes. There is a wide range of housing available to buy or let at reasonable prices.