The East of England has the lowest recorded crime rate and a low proportion of births outside marriage.
The total recorded crime rate in 2009/10 was 64 per 1,000 population compared with the England average of 79 per 1,000. At local authority level the highest rate for selected recorded crimes was in Cambridge, four times the rate in Broadland (70.3 incidents per 1,000 population and 17.4 incidents respectively).However, the household crime rate was similar to the England average (2,500 household offences per 10,000 households compared with 2,600).
The proportion of births outside marriage in the region was one of the lowest at 43 per cent in 2008, close to the UK average of 45 per cent. Within the region there was greater variation; Great Yarmouth had the highest proportion of births outside marriage (66 per cent) and St Albans the lowest (25 per cent).
Life expectancy at birth for both female (83.0 years) and male (79.3 years) residents in the East of England in 2007–2009 was higher than the UK average (82.0 and 77.9 years respectively). Within the region, life expectancy at birth for males was highest for South Cambridgeshire (81.6 years) and lowest in Peterborough unitary authority (UA) (77.2 years). For females the highest life expectancy was in North Norfolk (84.6 years) and lowest in Luton UA (80.6 years).
The median dwelling price in 2009 was £175,000, the joint third highest of the English regions after London and the South East.
The average gross weekly household income in 2008/09 was the fourth highest of the English regions and countries of the UK at £722 per week.
In 2009 the East had one of the highest proportions in England of households that were married/cohabitating couples with dependent children, at 25 per cent.
The East of England had among the lowest proportions of children living in workless households at 11.2 per cent in Q2 2010. This was the same as the South West. Only the South East had a lower proportion (9.5 per cent).
Source: Office for National Statistics
British Crime Survey and Recorded Crime are from the Home Office.
Life expectancy figures are calculated by the Office for National Statistics.
Dwelling prices data are from Communities and Local Government.
Household income data are from the Family Resources Survey, Department for Work and Pensions.
Household type data are from the Annual Population Survey, Office for National Statistics.
Workless household data are from Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics.
The British Crime Survey provides a measure of peoples 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 incidents reported to the police so depends on victims going to 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.
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