The Somerset Intelligence website provides data, information, intelligence and insight on Somerset and the many varied communities which comprise the county. It also serves as the evidence base for the Somerset Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) which informs decision-making by those who plan, operate and commission services for 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.
Personal Well-being in Somerset
We have updated our Health and Well-being section to include latest annual findings from the government's Measuring National Well-being programme, now in its third year. The programme aims to measure people’s ongoing quality of life, and complement existing national indicators such as economic performance.
Welfare Reform Impact Monitoring
The Welfare Reform Act 2012 introduced a wide range of changes to the benefits system, implementation of which began in April 2013. In a new report we consider the local impact one year on, from information provided by Somerset County Council, the five District Councils, main housing providers and local advice services.
Maps of Somerset boundaries
We have added maps showing some of the geographic boundaries used on the site. They will allow you to browse around the county and see which areas are covered by which boundaries, for example if you find some information about a specific Electoral Ward but don't know what area that ward actually covers, you can look it up on the map and zoom in to a high level of detail.
Maps currently available include:
More information on the different way Somerset can be split up and how they fit together is available on our Somerset Geographies page.
We have expanded our Housing section considerably, featuring up-to-date facts and figures for Somerset relating to issues such as as demand and supply, homelessness, improvements and support for vulnerable people. The information highlights the important relationship between housing and wellbeing of residents and tenants.
Road Casualty Review 2013
Last month the Somerset Road Safety Team published a Road Casualty Review 2013. It covers a range of statistics and information about people injured as a result of road accidents.
We have summarised the findings of the report on our Road Safety page (found in the Transport & Access and Crime & Community Safety sections of the web site) with a link to the full report.
Somerset is a rural county of around 540,000 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]