Originally a small rural settlement, Skimpot was engulfed by the expanding town of Luton in the mid 20th century, and also adjoins the smaller town of Dunstable to the west. Skimpot Road forms part of the border between Luton and Dunstable.
The east side of Skimpot was the former site of Luton Stadium, a former greyhound racing stadium. The stadium was constructed in 1931 and racing continued there until 1973. The site is now an industrial estate.