East Devon District Council

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Guide Knowing East Devon summary

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3. People

The second section 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 46.9 years (national average is 39.4 years). The 65+ age range looks set to grow more than any other over the next 10 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 8385 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, residents are from a white British background, with just 1.59 per cent 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 1246 more people moving into the area than out. The largest age group moving in and out of the district were in the 25-44 age group.

The average income for households in East Devon in 2010/11 was £24,200 which was just above the Devon average of £23,800 but below the England average of £28,000. 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 with the levels of recorded crime in East Devon falling for the last 6 years. 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.