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Regional Profiles - Social Indicators - Yorkshire and The Humber - February 2012

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High alcohol consumption among people aged 16 or over: by sex, 2009

Rates of high alcohol consumption among men and women aged 16 or over: by region, 2009
Source: General Lifestyle Survey - Office for National Statistics


  1. Figures are for men who drank more than 8 units on at least one day and women who drank more than 6 units on at least one day

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Yorkshire and The Humber has among the lowest house prices, and highest levels of drinking and smoking.

The median house price in Yorkshire and The Humber in 2009 was £130,000, much less than the England median of £170,000 but more than the North East (£120,000) and the same as the North West. Kingston-upon-Hull (£85,000) had the lowest median house price in the region, and was one of the five lowest of all the local authorities in England. Harrogate (£195,000) had one of the highest median house prices in the north of England.

In 2009 the region had one of the highest proportions in Great Britain of men drinking more than eight units and women drinking more than six units of alcohol on at least one day in the week (27 and 18 per cent respectively).

More than a fifth of adults (23 per cent of men and 22 per cent of women) in Yorkshire and The Humber smoked cigarettes in 2009, one of the highest two rates in Great Britain.

The median equivalised disposable weekly household income after housing costs in Yorkshire and The Humber was £329, the second lowest of all English regions in the three-year period 2007/08 to 2009/10.

In the three-year period 2008 to 2010 female life expectancy at birth was 81.8 years, slightly below the UK average of 82.3 years. Male life expectancy was 77.7 years, slightly below the UK average of 78.2 years. Kingston upon Hull had the lowest life expectancy in the region for both males and females (75.7 and 80.2 years respectively). The highest life expectancy in the region was in both Craven and Hambleton (North Yorkshire) for females (84.2 years) and Hambleton for males (81.0 years).

More than a fifth (21.7 per cent) of households in Yorkshire and The Humber were workless in Q2 2011, the second highest region (after North East).

The proportion of 16-year-olds in post-compulsory education and government-supported training in 2009/10 was 88 per cent, the lowest of all English regions.

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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.

    Both alcohol consumption and smoking are 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.

    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.

    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.

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

  2. Sources:

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

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

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

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

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

    Post-compulsory education and government-supported training data are from the Department for Education.

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Further information

Regional Trends, No. 41, 2009 Edition - Portrait of Yorkshire and The Humber (Pdf 1160Kb) - The Portrait of Yorkshire and The Humber presents a wide range of information covering infrastructure, demographic, environmental and economic statistics for the region. It includes information for districts, unitary and local authorities which allows comparison between the various areas and the rest of the UK.

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