Data and Statistics

The Commission for Rural Communities’ work is founded on a strong and well respected rural evidence base. Here it is possible to access our most up to date (and archive) reports, data and statistics relating to the facts about rural England.

A high street10 Big Numbers
Headline facts covering a range of factors affecting fundamental aspects of living and working in rural areas. These facts are regularly updated and are based on robust and widely understood data sources.


Rural housesRural and urban definitions and classifications
Defining ‘rural areas’ is a complicated and sometimes contentious issue. Here the Commission for Rural Communities provides an overview of how different geographies are officially defined for analytical purposes.


A rural villageRural Insights
To complement and support the work of the Rural Advocate and our independent watchdog responsibilities, we have brought together survey-based information on the perceptions and priorities of rural people.


A data map of EnglandRural Services Data Series
Service availability and accessibility has been a key rural policy issue for many years. In order to monitor changing levels of service availability, we combine datasets that show where outlets of particular services can be found, with postcode level information on the distance that households are from service outlets.


Rural buildingsState of the countryside
The latest comprehensive information on the social, economic and environmental condition of rural England.


Rural hosuesState of the countryside Updates
In addition to the main report, the Commission for Rural Communities also produce a number of focused State of the countryside Updates – which look at a specific issue or dataset from a rural perspective.