Amersham tops list of most integrated towns in the country

Amersham in Buckinghamshire has been unveiled as the most integrated town in England and Wales.

Research carried out by the independent think tank Policy Exchange, places Amersham at the top of a list of 160 towns across England and Wales.

Amersham, a market town with a population of 17,000 people set in the south west of the county has a varied ethnic mix. The study looked at how minority groups living in the town integrated and mixed with other ethnic groups in terms of both personal identity – how they felt about where they lived – and structurally – how they mixed in, living and working with different ethnic groups in their neighbourhood.

County Councillor Martin Phillips, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health, said: “Amersham is a wonderful example of how diverse communities can live and work alongside each other in harmony and is a model of how we would like to work with all our communities across the county to promote and celebrate both our ethnic diversity and unity.”

Amersham beat Sutton Coldfield, in the West Midlands, Loughton in Essex and Potters Bar and Letchworth Garden City in neighbouring Hertfordshire into the top spot. Boston in Lincolnshire was revealed as the least integrated town.

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