Brighton is famous as a traditional seaside town and became known as the city of Brighton and Hove in 1997 when it merged with its neighbour Hove.  According to the 2011 census it is the most populous seaside resort in England. 

The city has an unusual age distribution compared to both national and regional profiles as there are fewer children and older people but a large number of adults aged 20 to 44.  This demographic is reflected in the vibrant night life in the city and the wide range of leisure activities, which also attract tourists thoughout the year.

Despite this view of a dyamic and thriving city, Brighton & Hove was ranked 66th most deprived authority in England out of 326 authorities according to the 2010 Index of Deprivation.  Twelve per cent of the city’s areas (19 out of 164 areas) were within the ten per cent most deprived in England.