A narrowboat travels along a canal toward Broad Street in Birmingham, central England.
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Expensive housing, an overloaded transport system and a lack of space are driving thousands of Londoners out of the hectic British capital to other, calmer cities such as Birmingham.Rather than treading the well-worn route of relocating from the city to the countryside, many have chosen to move to the central city of Birmingham, Bristol in the southwest, or Manchester in the north.Buying a property costs an average of 500,000 pounds in London ($742,000), compared to an average of 120,000 pounds in Birmingham.Journalist Tom Cullen moved to Birmingham in 2013 after living in London for 12 years, setting up an e-magazine, ichoosebirmingham.com, which reviews food, culture and entertainment in Birmingham.The city added 6,000 jobs in 2014, according to Neil Rami, chief executive of Marketing Birmingham, the city's promotional arm.
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