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Guide Knowing East Devon summary

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3. People

The section on people covers population, households, ethnicity, religion, migration, income and earnings, deprivation, crime and health. The population of East Devon has an older age profile with the average age of its residents being 50.3 years (the national average is 40 years).

The 65+ age range looks set to grow more than any other over the next ten years, growing from 29.9% of the population in 2014 to 33.1% of the population in 2024. The overall population is expected to increase by 8,385 people between 2014 and 2024, a rise of 6%. An aging population will have an impact on the provision of health care, housing requirements, the labour market and economic growth.

The average household size in the district is 2.2 residents. Predominantly East Devon residents are from a white British background, with just 1.59% of the district’s population coming from an ethnic background.

The migration of population into East Devon from other parts of the UK show that in 2012 there were 2,474 more people moving into the area than out. The largest age group moving in and out of the district were in the 25 to 44 age group.

The average income for households in East Devon in 2013/14 was £26,700 which was just above the Devon and Cornwall average of £25,456 but below the England average of £31,362. Overall, the district is relatively well-off and is in the 40% least deprived districts nationally.

East Devon is one of the lowest crime rate areas in Britain. At just over 82 years old the life expectancy for residents in East Devon is very high with the area ranking in the top 10% of districts nationally and is top of all the Devon districts.