Somerset headlines from the 2011 Census:
- Around 48% of Somerset’s population is classified as ‘rural’ and 52% ‘urban’.
- Rural Somerset has an older population demographic, particularly in respect of people aged 45 and over. Linked to this, a higher proportion of rural residents provide unpaid care to friends or relatives.
- Nevertheless, rural residents are in better (self-reported) overall health than their urban counterparts.
- Residents in rural areas are, on average, more highly qualified, and more likely to work in ‘high-tech’ industries (ICT; professional, scientific and technical activities)
- People in rural areas are more likely to be self-employed and to work from home, and also more likely to work long hours (more than 49 hours per week).
- Unemployment is lower in rural Somerset, although due to the population demographic, unemployment in the key ‘50 and over’ age group is relatively high.
- Car ownership is high, although around 1 in 9 rural households do not have access to a car (or van).
- Residents in rural areas are much more likely to live in a detached house (and also be mortgage-free) than their urban counterparts.
- Rural households are more likely to have no central heating. They are also much more unlikely to have access to mains gas, with a greater dependency on oil.
Population Profile by Rural-Urban Classification (click to enlarge)
A comprehensive breakdown of 2011 Census results for Somerset, based on the ONS Rural-Urban Classification, can be downloaded below.
For additional information on the characterists of rural Somerset by means of Mosaic segmentation see our Profile of Rural Somerset with Mosaic page.