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Regional Profiles - Social Indicators - South West

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Proportion of social rented housing, 2008

Proportion of social housing, 2008
Source: Communities and Local Government

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People in the South West have among the highest life expectancies. The region has the lowest proportion of social rented housing.

Life expectancy at birth in the South West in 2007–2009 was among the highest of the UK at 83.3 years for females and 79.2 years for males. Within the region, life expectancy at birth was highest in East Dorset for both males and females (81.4 and 85.4 years respectively). The lowest for both males and females was in Bristol unitary authority (77.2 and 81.9 years respectively).

In 2007, 13 per cent of housing in the South West was rented from registered social landlords or local authorities, the smallest proportion among the English regions. The region had the highest percentage of homes outside London that were privately rented or came with a job or business (14 per cent). The South West had 21 per cent of all second homes in England, but only 10 per cent of the total number of dwellings.

The median dwelling price in the South West in 2009 was £175,000 compared with the England figure of £170,000.

Average gross household income in the region was £838 per week in 2008/09, above the UK average of £703 and one of the highest, after London.

In 2009, the South West had the highest proportion in England of households that were married/cohabiting couples with no children (32.9 per cent).

The South West had one of the lowest proportions of workless households at 11.2 per cent in Q2 2010, compared with the UK average of 16.1 per cent.

In Q2 2009, the proportion of the South West’s working-age population that had no qualifications was the lowest in any English region or country of the UK (8.1 per cent compared with the UK average of 11.8 per cent).

Crime rates in the South West were among the lowest in England. In 2009/10 there were 2,300 household offences per 10,000 households, substantially lower than the England average (2,600 incidents). The rate of recorded crime was the second lowest of the English regions. In 2009/10 there were 66 recorded crimes per 1,000 population compared with 79 per 1,000 population across England.

Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Source:
    Life expectancy figures are calculated by the Office for National Statistics.
    Housing tenure and dwelling prices data are from Communities and Local Government.
    Second homes estimate is based on data from the Survey of English Housing for 2005/06 to 2007/08.
    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.
    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:
    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, 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.
    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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