The South East has the wealthiest households in the UK and residents have the highest life expectancies.
Households in the South East were the wealthiest of any region, mainly because of higher financial, property and pension wealth. Median household wealth was £288,000 compared with £173,000 in London and £278,000 in the South West (the next highest). Average gross weekly household income in 2008/09 was £817 compared with £882 in London (the highest).
Life expectancy at birth in the South East was the highest of any English region or country of the UK. For 2007–2009 the estimates were 79.4 years for males and 83.3 years for females, compared with 77.9 and 82.0 years respectively for the UK. Life expectancy at birth was lowest in Thanet for males (76.5 years) and in Hastings for females (80.8 years). The highest were 81.8 years for males in Epsom and Ewell and 85.6 years for females in both Hart and Epsom and Ewell.
In 2008 in the South East 75 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women drank alcohol in the previous week, compared with Great Britain averages of at 70 per cent and 55 per cent respectively.
The South East had one of the highest proportions of households that were married/cohabitating couples with dependent children at 24.4 per cent in 2009.
In Q2 2009, 32 per cent of the working-age population in the South East were qualified to level 4 or higher of the National Qualification Framework (NQF). This was the second highest percentage after London (39.4 per cent).
The Median dwelling price in the South East was £203,000 in 2009. This was £33,000 (19 per cent) more than England as a whole. Elmbridge in Surrey had the highest median dwelling price in the South East (£363,000); the lowest median prices were found in Gosport (£139,000) and Hastings (£143,000).
Recorded crime rates for the South East region were comparatively low with 72 per 1,000 population in 2009/10 compared with an average of 79 per 1,000 population across England. For local authorities the highest level for selected recorded crimes was in Slough (82.8 incidents per 1,000 resident population), four times the rate in Wealden in Sussex (19.4 incidents). The household crime rate of 2,600 per 10,000 households in 2009/10 was the same as the England average.
Source: Office for National Statistics
Household wealth data are from the Wealth and Assets Survey, Office for National Statistics.
Household income data are from the Family Resources Survey, Department for Work and Pensions.
Life expectancy figures are calculated by the Office for National Statistics.
Alcohol data are from the General Lifestyle Survey, Office for National Statistics.
Dwelling prices data are from Communities and Local Government.
Household type data are from the Annual Population 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.
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.
The median is the middle value, that half of cases are above and half below that value.
Working-age population are male residents aged 16 to 64 and female residents ages 16 to 59. Qualifications at level 4 or higher of the National Qualification Framework refers to degree or equivalent.
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% of all recorded crimes.
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