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Ballymena /ˌbæliˈmiːnə/ (from Irish: an Baile Meánach, meaning "the middle townland", Irish pronunciation: [ən̪ˠ ˈbˠalʲə ˈmˠaːn̪ˠəx]) is a large town in County Antrim, and the eighth largest in Northern Ireland. It is part of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. It had a population of 29,467 people in the 2011 Census. The town is built on land given to the Adair family by King Charles I in 1626, on the basis that the town hold two annual fairs and a free Saturday market in perpetuity. As of 2016, the Saturday market still runs. Ballymena is the hometown of notable actor Liam Neeson, who was awarded "Freedom of the Borough" in 2013. It is a popular shopping hub within Northern Ireland and is home to Ballymena United F.C. Ballymena incorporates an area of 632 km² and is home to large villages such as Galgorm, Ahoghill and Broughshane. The town used to host Ireland's largest one-day agricultural show at the Ballymena Showgrounds. The town center has many historic buildings. The Town Hall was built in 1924 on the site of the old Market House, and was refurbished in 2007 at a cost of roughly £20 million.


Ballymena in United Kingdom offers a unique experience to travellers. The nearest major city to Ballymena is Belfast. Belfast, is a worth visiting city owing to its prime attractions like Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Ulster Museum. Also, to reach Ballymena, you'll have to take a flight to Belfast; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Get in the character of the city, this city requires at least of 1 to 2 number of days of exploration.

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Facts and Stats for Ballymena*

  • Pollution Statistics in Ballymena

    Know the pollution level of Ballymena before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 13.75 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 15.38 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 39.29 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 26.79 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 7.14 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 23.21 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 7.35 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 21.43 (Low)
  • Ballymena: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Ballymena for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ballymena.

    • Burglary and Theft 43.5 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 31.12 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 40 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 27.04 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 39.29 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 45.41 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 55.5 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 83.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 49.5 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.35 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 43.88 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 55.5 (Moderate)
  • Living in Ballymena - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Ballymena is 187.82 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 57.22 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 90.84 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 18.39 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 27.5 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 69.31 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 66.01 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.72 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 105.47 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Ballymena

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ballymena

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.37 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 43.05 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 91.73 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 79.87 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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