The Somerset Intelligence website provides data, information, intelligence and insight on Somerset and the many varied communities which comprise the county.
On this site you will find reports, tables and presentations on many aspects of Somerset, its people and businesses, along with analysis of the facts and figures, identifying the key issues facing the county. You'll also find links throughout to our other web site, INFORM Somerset, where you can find data and information displayed on maps.
We also produce monthly updates on the latest research and data affecting Somerset in SINePost, with further links to the original sources should you wish to investigate further. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Somerset Intelligence is funded and run by a partnership of public organisations serving the Somerset area.
We've added some quick population stats for Somerset to the home page under the 'Somerset Population' tab.
More information on the people of Somerset and it's demographics can be found in the People & Heighbourhoods section of the web site.
A number of new pages have just been added to the web site on a variety of topics that all relate to children and young people. As they cover a variety of different topics, different pages can be found in their relevant sections of the web site while key points and links to the various pages have been collated and listed on our new Children & Young People page which will continue to be expanded over time.
In the last week we have added 4 Economic Factsheets to the web site. The first profiles businesses in the area and the other 3 are related to employment looking at unemployment & economic activity, occupations & earnings and workforce skills. They can be found in the Business and Employment sub-sections of the Economy & Jobs section of the web site.
The Somerset Children and Learners Needs Analysis 2013 has now been published. The document (downloadable here) provides a comprehensive overview of the needs of children, young people and families in Somerset.
The State of the Somerset Economy has been updated for 2013. It refreshes and extends the report published in 2011.
Crucially, this new commission incorporates updated statistics for Gross Value Added (GVA) – the principal indicator of economic performance - for 2011 and also a broad range of analyses on Somerset’s historical and projected economic performance drawing on the Heart of the South West Economic Model produced by Oxford Economics. This also includes some projections based on the development of Hinkley Point C.
The new report is available on the Somerset Economic Assessment page of the Economy & Jobs section.
Somerset is a rural county of around 530,000 people across an area of 3,504km² including the districts of Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane and West Somerset (not North Somerset or Bath & North East Somerset). This is 85% of the population of Bristol in an area nearly 24 times larger. West Somerset (containing much of Exmoor) is the 6th least densely populated district/unitary in the country.
Somerset has a more elderly population than the South West region and England as a whole with more than 1 in 5 of the residents of the county being over 65, this rises to nearly 1 in 3 being over 65 in West Somerset.
Somerset has a particular dip in population of 20 to 40 year olds compared to England & Wales as a whole. We believe this is due to younger people leaving the county for university and/or jobs and older people moving to the area later in life to take advantage of the more rural lifestyle.
Some of the largest towns in Somerset are shown below with the respective populations
[Source – Census 2011]