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Guide Exmouth regeneration frequently asked questions and answers - February 2016

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2. How is Exmouth doing?

Exmouth is Devon’s largest town and growing in population. Like all towns, it’s constantly evolving and is a changing place which doesn’t stand still.

Since the Second World War, the town’s population has doubled in size to 36,000 and has a wider catchment of 50,000 (in comparison Sidmouth, for example, has a population of 12,500). In the last 20 years alone, the population has increased by 17%. The Council is very much aware that services and infrastructure need to keep pace with this growth to continue to meet the needs of our residents, businesses and visitors.

However, Exmouth’s population growth is not balanced. Future projections are that all ages under 65 will decline as a proportion of population and the 65 years and over age group will increase. This demographic change means there are fewer younger people, families and those of working age.

Exmouth Town Profile

Between 2011 and 2026*:

  • 9.5% decrease in 0-19 age
  • 14.7% decrease in 20-44 age
  • 9.7% decrease in 45-64 age
  • 14.7% increase in 65-84
  • 29.3% increase in 85+ age

*Source: Public Health Devon, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, Exmouth Town Profile 2013-14

It is important that Exmouth’s population growth should be sustainable especially in terms of creating new homes, jobs, businesses, visitor opportunities and economic success for the town.