The 2011 Census showed Exmouth to have a population of 34,400, representing just over a quarter of the total population within East Devon and making it and the largest town in the East Devon district.
However, the demographic profile of the East Devon district is projected to change over the next decade and beyond. All of these demographic changes will affect Exmouth with the most notable characteristic of the projected changes being the reduction in percentage terms of people of working age relative to more youngsters and a significant increase in the elderly.
Nearly three times as many people work in the accommodation and food services sector within Exmouth as they do nationally. There is also a high ratio of people working in recreation/leisure services, which clearly shows the high tourism element in this seaside town. The demographic profile of the town is reflected in the large number of care homes for the elderly located within Exmouth, resulting in a proportionally large number of people working in health & social work.
Exmouth has relatively high numbers of part-time workers compared to people in full-time positions.
This breakdown of full-time and part-time employment appears to be a common characteristic within coastal communities reflecting the sectoral structure and related elements of seasonality. The same broad composition of full versus part-time employment can be seen in other South Western coastal communities such as Weymouth, Torbay and Newquay.