Owl’s postbag is full of local newspaper articles from around the country listing which are the most isolated communities in their neck of the woods.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recently released a new data base and all these articles are based on it. Apparently, the ONS data breaks down England into neighbourhoods, or ‘lower super output areas’, which contain roughly the same number of people (around 1,500 in all). That means neighbourhoods in densely-populated cities and towns tend to be much smaller, and average travel times to key services tend to be shorter. Not surprisingly lightly-populated neighbourhoods are bigger and tend to fare much worse in the rankings.
Owl hasn’t yet tracked down the original source but this report provides a rich statistical digest of rural England.
The Statistical Digest of Rural Statistics is a collection of statistics on a range of social and economic subject areas. The statistics are split by rural and urban areas, allowing for comparisons between the different rural and urban area classifications. The Digest includes high level statistics which present an overall picture for England. However, there is likely to be considerable variation in individual towns, villages and hamlets. The Digest starts with a section on the rural and urban populations in England. This is followed by a rural economy section containing indicators on economic activity, earnings, productivity as well as a selection of indicators relating to economic growth. The Rural accessibility section includes data on transport, measuring accessibility to services and broadband. The final section of the Digest includes a selection of rural living statistics on housing, household expenditure, poverty, education, health and crime.
Sections of the Digest are updated throughout the year. In this edition the following section(s) have been updated:
Population at local authority level
Productivity by industry
Accessibility to services
Residential housing transactions
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