The area is mainly residential, and the majority of homes are privately owned although there is also a large council estate. The ward also contains a modern business park, which includes the head office of Booths, a regional chain of supermarkets. This is close to junction 31A on the M6 motorway.
The M6 motorway runs through the area, but until recently there was no junction nearby. Junction 31A has now been built, but there is no connection to or from the Lancaster direction.Ribbleton railway station was near the Ribbleton ward boundary but the line has now closed. Bus services are provided by Preston Bus.