Population (and density): 1,391,113 (2,141 people per sq/km)
5 biggest places: Liverpool, St helens, Southport, Birkenhead, Kirkby
Major attractions: Southport Pier; Albert Dock; Liverpool Cathedral; Anfield; Southport Marine Lake; The Cavern Club; Liverpool ONE shopping centre; Crosby beach
What the expert says: "The market is reasonably buoyant. If you go back 20 years to where it is now, the city has been completely transformed. The lead catalyst was the European capital of culture in 2008. That resulted in a lot of investment in the city both in terms of infrastructure and the creation of the Liverpool ONE shopping and leisure scheme. The city centre has always had good shopping facilities because it's quite compact, but what it has not really had is a great bar scene. The Liverpool ONE scheme has bought the quality up and attracted a lot more corporate interest. The city has now got various circuits, including the concert square circuit, which is a late night young person's location; the hub around Queens Square has a selection of bars that are more daytime; and the Cavern quarter has the Beatles legacy - one of the main tourist draws." - David Sutcliffe, director at Fleurets Liverpool
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