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Regional Profiles - Social Indicators - South West - February 2012

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Married/cohabiting couple households with no children, 2010

Proportion of households that include a married/cohabiting couple with no children: by region, 2010
Source: Annual Population Survey (APS) - Office for National Statistics

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The South West has the highest proportion of couples without children and the lowest proportion of social rented housing.

The South West has the highest proportion in England of households that were married/cohabiting couples with no children (33 per cent in 2010).

In 2010 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. In the region 70 per cent of housing was owner occupied compared with 51 per cent in London.

The median house price in the South West in 2009 was £175,000 compared with the England figure of £170,000. Within the region the highest and lowest house prices at local authority level were in Gloucestershire: Cotswolds (£250,000) and Gloucester (£140,000).

In the three-year period 2007/08 to 2009/10 the median equivalised disposable weekly household income after housing costs in the South West was £353, compared with £356 for England.

In the same period, 20 per cent of people (1.0 million) in the South West were in households with incomes below the poverty threshold.

The South West had one of the lowest proportions of workless households at 11.7 per cent in Q2 2011, compared with the UK average of 15.8 per cent.

Life expectancy at birth in the South West in the three-year period 2008 to 2010 was among the highest of the UK at 83.5 years for females and 79.5 years for males. Within the region, life expectancy at birth was highest in East Dorset for both males and females (82.0 and 85.9 years respectively). The lowest for males was in Bristol unitary authority (UA) (77.5 years) and for females in Plymouth UA (82.0 years).

The proportion of the South West’s population who have no qualifications is the lowest of any English region or country of the UK (7.5 per cent in 2010 compared with the UK average of 10.7 per cent).

Crime rates in the South West are among the lowest in England. In 2010/11 there were 2,150 household offences per 10,000 households, substantially lower than the England average (2,520 incidents per 10,000 households). The rate of police recorded crime was the joint second lowest of the English regions. In 2010/11 there were 62 recorded crimes per 1,000 population compared with 75 per 1,000 population across England.

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Background notes

  1. Notes:

    This profile is based on the latest published data at the time of writing.

    The information on median house price is based on the prices paid for all dwellings (houses/flats) which changed ownership during 2009, excluding those bought at non-market prices.

    The median is the middle value, so that half of cases are above and half below that value.

    Disposable household income is net of income tax, National Insurance, personal pension schemes, child maintenance and Council Tax and is adjusted for household size and composition (equivalised). The ‘after housing costs’ measure will partly take into account differences in the cost of living between regions as housing costs include rent, water rates, mortgage interest payment, building insurance premiums, ground rent and service charges. The data are a three year average.

    The poverty threshold is household income below 60 per cent of contemporary median disposable household income after housing costs in the UK. The data are a three year average. The Regional Trends article Understanding incomes at small area level (0.98 Mb Pdf) looks at the distribution of average income within regions, local authorities and Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOA).

    Workless households cover households with at least one person aged 16 to 64, where no-one aged 16 or over is in employment.

    Life expectancy figures are based on mortality among those living in the area in calendar years and mid-year population estimates. Rankings of the areas with the highest and lowest life expectancies are based on unrounded data. The data are a three year average.

    Qualification figures are for male residents aged 16 to 64 and female residents aged 16 to 59. Please note that these estimates, at national or regional level in England, will not agree with National Statistics published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the Post 16 Education and Skills Statistical First Release (see Table 12).

    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 offences reported to and recorded by the police. Population for crime rates covers those aged 16 and over.

  2. Sources:

    Household type data are from the Annual Population Survey, Office for National Statistics.

    Housing tenure and house prices data are from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

    Household income data are from the Households Below Average Income series, Department for Work and Pensions.

    Workless household data are from the Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics.

    Life expectancy figures are calculated by the Office for National Statistics.

    Qualification data are derived from the ONS’s Annual Population Survey by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

    British Crime Survey and Recorded Crime data are from the Home Office.

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Further information

Regional Trends, No. 42, 2010 Edition - Portrait of the South West (Pdf 1468Kb) - The Portrait of the South West presents a wide range of information covering infrastructure, demographic, environmental and economic statistics for the region.

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