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Regional Profiles - Social Indicators - East of England - February 2012

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Crimes committed against persons, 2010/11

Rate of crimes against persons per 10,000 of population: by region, 2010/11
Source: Home Office

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The East of England has among the lowest crime rates recorded by the police but the second highest rate of crimes against the person according to the British Crime Survey.

The total police recorded crime rate in 2010/11 was 62 per 1,000 population compared with the England average of 75 per 1,000, similar to the South West and North East. However, the household crime rate estimated by the British Crime Survey (BCS) was similar to the England average (2,500 household offences per 10,000 households compared with 2,520). Meanwhile, the BCS estimated 920 crimes were committed against the person per 10,000 adults, the second highest of all the English regions (after London).

At local authority level the highest rate for selected recorded crimes was in Cambridge (68.8 per 1,000 population), more than four times the rate in Broadland (15.4 per 1,000 population).

The median equivalised disposable weekly household income after housing costs in the East of England was £380, the second highest of all English regions in the three-year period 2007/08 to 2009/10.

In the region 20 per cent of people (1.1 million) were in households with incomes below the poverty threshold. This is among the lowest proportions in the UK.

Life expectancy at birth for both females (83.2 years) and males (79.6 years) in the East of England in the three-year period 2008 to 2010 was higher than the UK average (82.3 and 78.2 years respectively). Within the region, life expectancy for males was highest for East Cambridgeshire (81.5 years) and lowest in both Peterborough unitary authority (UA) and in Fenland (77.5 years). For females the highest life expectancy was in South Cambridgeshire (85.1 years) and lowest in Luton UA (80.9 years).

The median house price in 2009 was £175,000, the joint third highest of the English regions with the South West, and after London and the South East.

The East had the second highest proportion in England of households that are married/cohabitating couples with dependent children, at 22.5 per cent in 2010.

The East of England has among the lowest proportions of children living in workless households at 11.9 per cent in Q2 2011. This is similar to the South West (11.7 per cent) but higher than the South East (9.8 per cent).

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Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Notes:

    This profile is based on the latest published data at the time of writing.

    The British Crime Survey provides a measure of people’s experience of crime based on responses to a survey of households and does not cover all types of crime, for example fraud or forgery or crimes against commercial property. Recorded crime covers offences reported to and recorded by the police. Population for crime rates covers those aged 16 and over.

    Selected recorded crimes covers: theft of a vehicle, theft from a vehicle, vehicle interference and tampering, domestic burglary, theft of a pedal cycle, theft from a person, criminal damage, common assault, wounding and robbery (of personal property not business property). This set of crimes covers about 60 per cent of all recorded crimes. 

    Disposable household income is net of income tax, National Insurance, contributions to personal pension schemes, child maintenance and Council Tax and is adjusted for household size and composition (equivalised). The ‘after housing costs’ measure will partly take into account differences in the cost of living between regions as housing costs include rent, water rates, mortgage interest payment, building insurance premiums, ground rent and service charges. The data are a three year average.

    The median is the middle value, so that half of cases are above and half below that value.

    The poverty threshold is household income below 60 per cent of UK contemporary median disposable household income after housing costs. The data are a three year average. The regional trends article 'Understanding incomes at small area level' looks at the distribution of average income within regions, local authorities and Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOA).

    Life expectancy figures are based on mortality among those living in the area in calendar years and mid-year population estimates. Rankings of the areas with the highest and lowest life expectancies are based on unrounded data. The data are a three year average.

    The information on median house price is based on the prices paid for all dwellings (houses/flats) which changed ownership during 2009, excluding those bought at non-market prices.

    Workless households are households with at least one person aged 16 to 64, where no-one aged 16 or over is in employment. Children refers to all children under 16.

  2. Sources:

    British Crime Survey and Recorded Crime data are from the Home Office.

    Household income data are from the Households Below Average Income series, Department for Work and Pensions.

    Life expectancy figures are calculated by the Office for National Statistics.

    House prices data are from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

    Household type data are from the Annual Population Survey, Office for National Statistics.

    Workless household data are from the Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics.

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Further information

Regional Trends, No. 41, 2009 Edition - Portrait of the East of England (Pdf 1348Kb) - The Portrait of the East of England presents a wide range of information covering infrastructure, demographic, environmental and economic statistics for the region. It includes information for districts, unitary and local authorities which allows comparison between the various areas and the rest of the UK.

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