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Regional Profiles - Social Indicators - North East

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Median dwelling prices: by region, 2009

Median Dwelling Prices: by region, 2009
Source: Communities and Local Government

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House prices and household income in the North East are the lowest in England.

The median dwelling price in 2009 was £120,000, the lowest of all English regions and just over 70 per cent of the England median of £170,000.

Average gross weekly household income in 2008/09 was the lowest of the English regions and countries of the UK at £565.

Almost a quarter (24.3 per cent) of the North East’s households were workless, compared with only a fifth (19.2 per cent) for the UK, in Q2 2010.

In 2009 the North East had among the highest proportions of one person households (30 per cent) and lone parent households with dependent children (8.7 per cent) in the UK.

The North East has the highest proportion of social rented housing in England. In 2007, 24 per cent of homes were rented from local authorities and social landlords, above the UK average of 18 per cent.

Life expectancy at birth in the North East in 2007–2009 was among the lowest in the UK at 80.9 years for females and 76.8 years for males compared with 82.0 and 77.9 years respectively for the UK. Since 1991–1993, life expectancy has increased by 4.8 years for males and 3.5 years for females, more than any other UK country or English region except for London. Within the region, the highest life expectancies in 2007–2009 were 81.7 years in Redcar and Cleveland unitary authority (UA) for females and 78.5 years in Northumberland UA for males. Middlesbrough UA had the lowest for females (79.7 years) and Hartlepool UA had the lowest for males (75.4 years).

In 2008, 8 per cent of females and 9 per cent of men in the North East smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day – one of the highest percentages in Great Britain.

The proportion of the North East’s working-age population that had no qualifications was the second highest of the English regions in Q2 2009; 14.4 per cent compared with the UK average of 11.8 per cent.

Recorded crime figures for 2009/10 show a rate of 69 incidents per 1,000 population for the North East, lower than the England average of 79 per 1,000 population. The household crime rate estimated by the British Crime Survey was 3,000 per 10,000 households, among the highest rates in England.

Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Source:
    Dwelling prices and housing tenure data are from Communities and Local Government.
    Household income data are from the Family Resources Survey, Department for Work and Pensions.
    Workless household data are from Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics.
    Household type data are from the Annual Population Survey, Office for National Statistics.
    Life expectancy figures are calculated by the Office for National Statistics.
    Smoking data are from the General Lifestyle Survey, Office for National Statistics.
    Qualification data are derived from the ONS’s Labour Force Survey by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
    British Crime Survey and Recorded Crime are from the Home Office.

  2. Notes:
    The median is the middle value, so that half of cases are above and half below that value.
    Workless households cover households with at least one person aged 16 to 64.
    Life expectancy figures are calculated as three-year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in the area in calendar years and mid-year population estimates. Rankings are based on unrounded data.
    Working-age population are male residents aged 16 to 64 and female residents ages 16 to 59.
    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.

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