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Wigan /ˈwɪɡən/ is a town in Greater Manchester, England. It stands on the River Douglas, 7.9 miles (13 km) south-west of Bolton, 10 miles (16 km) north of Warrington and 16 miles (25.7 km) west-northwest of Manchester. Wigan is the largest settlement in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan and is its administrative centre. The town of Wigan had a total population of 97,000 in 2011, whilst the wider borough has a population of 318,100. Historically in Lancashire, Wigan during classical antiquity was in the territory of the Brigantes, an ancient Celtic tribe that ruled much of what is now northern England. The Brigantes were subjugated in the Roman conquest of Britain during the 1st century, and it is asserted that the Roman settlement of Coccium was established where Wigan lies. Wigan is believed to have been incorporated as a borough in 1246 following the issue of a charter by King Henry III of England. At the end of the Middle Ages it was one of four boroughs in Lancashire possessing Royal charters; the others were Lancaster, Liverpool, and Preston. During the Industrial Revolution Wigan experienced dramatic economic expansion and a rapid rise in the population. Although porcelain manufacture and clock making had been major industries in the town, Wigan subsequently became known as a major mill town and coal mining district. The first coal mine was established at Wigan in 1450 and at its peak there were 1,000 pit shafts within 5 miles (8 km) of the town centre. Mining was so extensive that one town councillor remarked that "a coal mine in the backyard was not uncommon in Wigan". Coal mining ceased during the latter part of the 20th century. Wigan Pier, a wharf on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, was made famous by the writer George Orwell. In his book, The Road to Wigan Pier, Orwell highlighted the poor working and living conditions of the local inhabitants during the 1930s. Following the decline of industrial activities in the region, Wigan Pier's collection of warehouses and wharfs became a local heritage centre and cultural quarter. The DW Stadium is home to both Wigan Athletic Football Club and Wigan Warriors Rugby League Football Club, both teams being highly successful in their sports with the former being the 2013 FA Cup winners and the latter being the most successful Rugby League side of all time. Wigan had a population of 99,391 in 2011 but its Urban Subdivision had a population of 103,608.

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If you are looking for travel information of Wigan in United Kingdom, you've come to the right place. A gripping city on its own right, Manchester also deserves a visit. Add Manchester to your vacation plan, it has an interesting bunch of activities to do on your visit like Museum Of Science And Industry, The Lowry, The Village. Also, to reach Wigan, you'll have to take a flight to Manchester; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. A vacation to Wigan can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

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Facts and Stats for Wigan*

  • Pollution Statistics in Wigan

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

    • Air Pollution 20.83 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 62.5 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.5 (Low)
  • Wigan: Crime and Safety

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

    • Burglary and Theft 50 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 37.5 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 37.5 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 68.75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
  • Living in Wigan - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 55.64 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 27.3 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 65.4 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 71.76 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.56 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 111.68 (Very 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 Wigan

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.17 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.8 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.74 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 73.61 USD

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

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