With a population of approx 61,000 Runcorn has an adequate supply of all types of housing with the exception of flats and new homes. The house prices are very reasonable with bargains to be had at the high, medium and budget end of the market. This is true for both the rental and sale sectors of the market, so all in all one could summarise the Runcorn property market as well balanced and less susceptible to the drivers that cause peaks or depressions in house prices. For these reasons now maybe a good time to buy a property in Runcorn while there are still bargains to be had.
If the prices of property are going to go one way in Runcorn it will be upwards based on the resources invested in bringing new technology to the area. 11,700 premises in Runcorn are to receive super fast fibre optic broadband by 2013 at a cost to the local economy of £2.5 million. This has enabled businesses to serve customers far afield from Runcorn such as those in the entertainment industry. The areas of Higher Runcorn, Weston point, and Castlefields have particularly fast connection speeds for those looking to live in areas with impressive broadband connectivity.
This does not mean that Runcorn has turned its back on its heritage and the waterways of Runcorn still have a central role to play with the Manchester Ship Canal using Runcorn as a port.