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Just over 20 miles north of the capital, set amid the rolling Hertfordshire hills, the town of St Albans holds an important place in the country's history as the first port of call on the main Roman road northwards from London.

Due to its prime location as a commuter town - something like a fifth of the town's population work in London - St Albans has grown, as have its house prices, massively since the property boom of recent years.

An added benefit of living in St Albans has to be the town's very efficient transport links with the surrounding area - both London Luton and London Heathrow are close by, and two separate railway operators run services through the town.

In terms of heavy industry, the town has very little evidence of this - in fact most local businesses are small in nature and deal with sectors such as consultancy, retail and tourism.

Read more about St. Albans in the About St. Albans section.