The town of Stourbridge has a population of around 55,000 and takes its name from the River Stour, which runs through the town. It is situated close to Birmingham, Dudley, and Wolverhampton with regular train services to all of these cities being well placed for commuters. It also offers a high-speed train direct to London. It connects to the region by the Stourbridge Canal making it a popular narrowboat destination also.
While parts of the town are industrial, Stourbridge has very attractive suburbs and borders green belt land close to the unspoiled countryside of rural Shropshire. It is a small town famous for its glass production and although it has all the usual amenities with a couple of shopping centres and a few buzzy bars and cafes, those looking for the electricity of a big city are advised to try nearby Birmingham.
Like most towns some areas are very affluent and others not so. The average house price is £203,468. It has an extensive "old quarter" offering well looked after Victorian properties and other favoured areas are Norton, Oldswinford and the surrounding villages of Churchill, Clent, Kinver and Belbroughton.