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Regional Profiles - Social Indicators - North East - February 2012

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Crimes committed against persons, 2010/11

Rate of crimes against persons per 10,000 of population: by region, 2010/11
Source: Home Office

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Household incomes in the North East are the lowest in England and crime rates are also among the lowest.

The median equivalised disposable weekly household income after housing costs in the North East was £327, the lowest of all English regions in the three-year period 2007/08 to 2009/10.

In 2010/11 an estimated 650 crimes against the person were committed per 10,000 adults, the lowest rate in England. In the same period the household crime rate was 2,300 per 10,000 households, also one of the lowest in England. Police recorded crime figures for 2010/11 show a rate of 63 per 1,000 population for the North East, lower than the England average of 75 per 1,000 population.

In 2007/08 to 2009/10, 24 per cent of people (6.2 million) were in households in the North East with incomes below the poverty threshold.

Almost 15 per cent of adults aged 16 to 64 had disabilities that limited their daily activities or work in the North East in 2010/11, the highest region in England. This compared with under 10 per cent in the South East.

The North East has among the highest proportions of one person households (30 per cent in 2010) and lone parent households with dependent children (7.7per cent) in the UK.

The median house price in 2009 was £120,000, the lowest of all English regions.

In 2010, 23 per cent of homes in the North East were rented from local authorities and social landlords, above the England average of 18 per cent, and the second highest region (after London).

Life expectancy at birth in the North East in the three-year period 2008 to 2010 was among the lowest in the UK at 77.2 years for males and 81.2 years for females compared with 78.2 and 82.3 years respectively for the UK. Within the region, the highest life expectancies were in Northumberland unitary authority (UA) for both males and females (78.7 and 82.2 years respectively). Hartlepool UA had the lowest for males (75.9 years) and Middlesbrough UA had the lowest for females (80.2 years).

The North East had one of the highest percentages in Great Britain of people who smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day in 2009, 10 per cent of men and women.

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Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Notes:

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

    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, contributions to 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 British Crime Survey provides a measure of people’s 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.

    The poverty threshold is household income below 60 per cent of UK contemporary median disposable household income after housing costs. The data are a three year average. The Regional Trends article Understanding income 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).

    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.

    Life expectancy figures are based on deaths registered 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.

    Smoking data is age-related, and therefore the population composition of the region affects the results. The proportion of minority ethnic population in each region also has an impact.

  2. Sources:

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

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

    Disability data are from the Annual Population Survey, Department for Work and Pensions

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

    House prices and housing tenure data are from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

    Life expectancy figures are calculated by the Office for National Statistics

    Smoking data are from the General Lifestyle Survey, Office for National Statistics.

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Further information

Regional Trends, No. 42, 2010 Edition - Portrait of the North East (Pdf 305Kb) - The Portrait of the North East presents a wide range of information covering infrastructure, demographic, environmental and economic statistics for the region.

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