Our statutory purpose is to promote awareness of the social and economic needs of people who live and work in rural areas and help decision-makers across and beyond government identify how those needs can best be addressed. More…
› 9.8 million people lived in rural England in 2009.
› In 2010, the mean annual household income was £37,513 in rural areas (unequivalised).
› The average rural house cost 6.0 times the average annual rural household income in 2009.
› Approximately 700,000 rural households lived below the poverty line in 2008/09.
› 847,000 rural households lived in fuel poverty in 2008.
(Taken from 10 Big Numbers.)