The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Harlow

Harlow Insights
Living and Working in Harlow
Harlow Crime Rate
Schools in Harlow
Shopping in Harlow
Hotels in Harlow
Top places to visit in Harlow
Top places to eat in Harlow
Harlow FAQs
Need a Locksmith in Harlow?

Harlow Insights

Whether you want to take advantage of the local transportation system, find your perfect house, or enjoy a day of shopping, Harlow has something for everyone. Harlow gives residents wonderful rural areas in addition to great access to the capital, not to mention that residents who live in Harlow have easy access to the beautiful Essex countryside. Harlow is popular with families more than students and young professionals due to its wide range of primary and secondary schools as well as families’ days out and entertainment.


Living and Working in Harlow

Harlow is not an overly expensive place to live in and is known for its affordable properties, considering its proximity to London also makes it even more affordable for those who commute. For instance, the average cost of a house in Harlow in 2021 currently stands at £329,355, whereas an average house cost in London stands at £648,942.  Harlow is also a good place to work, with an average salary of £33.8K per year in 2020. Around 42,000 out of Harlow’s approximately 53,900 working age residents are employed.


Harlow Crime Rate

The Harlow crime rate is high. It is the second most dangerous town in Essex’s 318 towns. Burglary and theft are on top of the list in the reported crimes in 2021. The Harlow crime rate for 2021 compared to the UK’s most dangerous towns, is still high as it was ranked in the top 20 whereas compared to UK’s cities, towns, and villages, the harrow crime rate is ranked 362nd.

Harlow crime rate


Schools in Harlow

Harlow has a wide variety of schools, in terms of primary schools Hare Street Community Primary School and Nursery and Abbotsweld Primary Academy are well known in the area and have an Ofsted rating of “good”. Longwood Primary Academy is another option if you are looking somewhere with an Ofsted rating of “outstanding”. When it comes to secondary schools, St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School and Passmores Academy have an Ofsted overall rating of “good”.

Harlow College

Harlow College offers many things to study, from A Levels and T Levels to vocational courses, apprenticeships, part time and adult courses, and higher education. It also offers many different facilities to help students get fully prepared for further study at university, including workshops and classrooms with the latest technology.


Shopping in Harlow

Water Gardens Shopping Centre and Harvey Centre are the main shopping centres in Harlow with many fashion retailers and huge brand names as well as exceptional dining experiences. Water Gardens Centre has several competitions and events going on. Harvey centre has also different leisure facilities, including cinema, gyms, escape room, and other entertainments.


Hotels in Harlow

The Harlow Hotel by AccorHotels – located only 10 minute drive from Harlow’s closest airport, Stansted Airport.  The hotel offers modern en-suite rooms with basic facilities that will suit your travel purpose.

Holiday Inn Express Harlow – surrounded by several shopping and different leisure facilities, the hotel is a perfect choice if you want to visit nearby places as it’s within a walking distance to Harlow rail station.

The Green Man Hotel – with its location for being only minutes away from the M11 and M25, the hotel is located in a quite village in Harlow and a very good for a quite surrounding and relaxation.


Top 10 places to visit in Harlow:

  1. Pets’ Corner
  2. Harlow Town Park
  3. Harlow Playhouse
  4. The Gibberd Garden
  5. Parndon Wood Nature Reserve
  6. The River Stort
  7. Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens
  8. St Paul’s Parish Church
  9. Paringdon Sports Club
  10. Harlow Greyhound Stadium


Top 10 places to eat in Harlow:

  1. The Moorhen Pub & Grill
  2. Marco’s Italian Restaurant
  3. Garden of India
  4. Coho
  5. Rainbow and Dove
  6. The Dusty Miller Pub
  7. King Du Restaurant
  8. The John Barleycorn
  9. The Green Man Restaurant
  10. The Hand & Crown


Harlow FAQs:

Where is the hospital in Harlow?

Princess Alexandra Hospital, located in Hamstel Road in Harlow, is the main hospital providing many healthcare services, including an emergency department that operates for 24 hours for any emergencies that may occur.

What is the closest airport to Harlow?

London Stansted (STN) Airport is the closest airport to Harlow, being only 10.1 miles away from the town. The second closest airport to Harlow is London City (LCY), in which it is 19.1 miles away.

Need a Locksmith in Harlow?

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