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The City of Wolverhampton Story

City of Wolverhampton is a city on the up and on the move with 3.7 billion invested on site all planned the council and part have a real opportunity to connect local people and businesses to the jobs and growth thats taking place.

We are the 19th biggest city in the UK, a city of creativity and innovation and diversity. One in three of residents come from a black, asian, or minority ethnic background the rich heritage of our people and workforce is one of our greatest strengths find out more about it will be like to live and work in the city of Wolverhampton.




Our city of opportunity

Our city centre vision

Our green city


Our new city brand

Our modern civic centre

Our employees, serving our city




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Facts about our city...

  • The population of the City of Wolverhampton is approximately 252,987 (Source ONS: 2014 Mid-year population estimates) and the natives of Wolverhampton are 'Wulfrunians'.
  • Wolverhampton was given city status along with Brighton and Hove and Preston in December 2000 when the Government declared all three 'Millennium Cities'.
  • Wolverhampton was the first town in Britain to introduce automated traffic lights in 1927 in Princes Square at the junction of Lichfield Street and Princess Street.
  • The Sunbeam motor car, built in Wolverhampton, became the first vehicle to hit 200mph when it broke the land speed record in 1927.
  • The city is named after Lady Wulfruna, who founded the town in 985AD and was the granddaughter of Ethelred I. The name 'Wolverhampton' derives from 'Wulfruna's town on the hill' (Heaneton meaning town on the hill).
  • The surrounding area near Wolverhampton became known as 'the Black Country' when, during heavy industrialisation of the area in the late 19th century, pollution covered the area in black soot and left the soil black.
  • The City of Wolverhampton's most famous sporting son, footballer Billy Wright, was the first player in the world to earn 100 caps playing for his country. Wright spent his entire 20-year career at Wolves, and played 105 times for England between 1946 and 1959, captaining the national side on 90 occasions.
  • The gold and black colours of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC originate from the city's motto 'Out of darkness cometh light', with gold and black representing light and dark respectively.



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