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Regional Profiles - Social Indicators - South East - February 2012

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Median weekly household income after housing costs, 2007/08 to 2009/10

Median weekly net equivalised household income after housing costs: by region, 2007/08 to 2009/10
Source: Work and Pensions


  1. Median weekly net equivalised household income after housing costs

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The South East has the wealthiest households in the UK and residents have the highest life expectancies.

The median equivalised disposable weekly household income after housing costs in the South East was £408, the highest of all English regions in the three-year period 2007/08 to 2009/10.

Households in the South East also have the greatest financial, property and pension wealth. Median total household wealth in the three-year period 2006 to 2008 was £288,000 compared with the England average of £211,000.

In the three-year period 2008 to 2010 life expectancy at birth in the South East was the highest for males and joint highest for females (with the South West) of any English region or country of the UK. The estimates were 79.7 years for males and 83.5 years for females, compared with 78.2 and 82.3 years respectively for the UK. Life expectancy at birth was lowest in Thanet for males (76.4 years) and in Hastings for females (80.8 years). The highest were 81.8 years for males in Elmbridge and 86.1 years for females in Hart.

In 2009 in the South East 73 per cent of men and 59 per cent of women drank alcohol in the previous week. These were above the Great Britain averages of 68 and 54 per cent respectively.

In 2010 34.3 per cent of the population in the South East were qualified to level 4 or higher of the National Qualification Framework (NQF). This was the second highest percentage, after London at 42.2 per cent.

The median house price in the South East was £203,000 in 2009. This was £33,000 (19 per cent) more than England as a whole. Elmbridge in Surrey had the highest median house price in the South East (£363,000); the lowest median prices were for Gosport (£139,000) and Hastings (£143,000).

Police recorded crime rates for the South East region were comparatively low with 68 per 1,000 population in 2010/11 compared with an average of 75 per 1,000 population across England. For local authorities the highest level for selected recorded crimes was in Slough (74.6 per 1,000 population), more than four times the rate in Wealden in Sussex (16.9 per 1,000 population). The household crime rate of 2,520 per 10,000 households in 2010/11 was the same as the England average.

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Background notes

  1. Notes:

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

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

    Total household wealth includes net property wealth, physical wealth, net financial wealth and private pension wealth. The data are a three year average.

    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.

    Alcohol consumption 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.

    Qualification figures are for male residents aged 16 to 64 and female residents aged 16 to 59. Qualifications at level 4 of the National Qualification Framework refers to degree or equivalent. 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 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 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.

    Selected recorded crimes covers: theft of a vehicle, theft from a vehicle, vehicle interference and tampering, domestic burglary, theft of a pedal cycle, theft from a person, criminal damage, common assault, wounding and robbery (of personal property not business property). This set of crimes covers about 60 per cent of all recorded crimes.

  2. Sources:

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

    Household wealth data are from the Wealth and Assets Survey, Office for National Statistics.

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

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

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

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

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

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Further information

Regional Trends, No. 43 - Portrait of the South East, 2011 Edition (Pdf 2327Kb) - This portrait provides a wide range of data giving an overview of what it is like to live or work in the South East. The article presents a wide range of information covering infrastructure, demographic, environmental and economic statistics for the south east corner of England. It includes information for districts, unitary and local authorities in the South East which allows comparison between the various areas and the rest of the UK.

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