A natural environment and convenient location makes East Devon one of the most popular places to live in the UK
Renowned for its beautiful countryside, East Devon is proving increasingly popular as a place to live. Figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that between July 2015 and June 2016, around 8,316 people moved to the district. This has had the effect of increasing the population by nearly 2,500 people, which is more than almost anywhere in England Wales.
An extra 2,468 people moved to East Devon over those who left, which is the second highest figure out of almost 350 counties and districts in England and Wales.
As of June 2016, there were 139,908 people living in East Devon, which means that 1.8 per cent of the population was made up of people who had moved to the district from elsewhere in Britain, which is the highest share out of anywhere in England and Wales.
Exeter proved to be the most popular place for people to move from to East Devon. While for people moving away from East Devon, Taunton Deane in Somerset was the top destination, with a total of 54 people moving to Taunton Deane from East Devon in 2015/2016.
It’s not hard to see why East Devon is proving so popular. The majority of the area is designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty and recognised as being nationally important for its high landscape quality. This together with the stunning shoreline of the Jurassic Coast, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a wealth of coastal and countryside wildlife and sites of historic interest to explore. Visit the Seaton Jurassic visitor centre to learn all about the history of the area.
Such a wonderful natural environment makes East Devon of the most attractive places for people to live – its Place Analytics scores puts the region in the top 10% of all the districts nationally.
East Devon is home to a high number of thriving micro and small businesses. In fact East Devon is in the top 30 per cent of districts nationally for its number of micro businesses. Business survival rates within the district are excellent – the 36-month business survival rate in East Devon is very high by national standards, with East Devon ranking in the top 10% of districts nationally. Of all the VAT-registered businesses in 2011, 67.37% were still trading in 2014.
Not surprisingly, there is a wide number of outdoor activities to try, from swimming and surfing, to rockpooling and windsurfing. East Devon District Council’s Countryside service has an ongoing programme of exciting events and activities suitable for all ages. For culture and art, visit the multi-award winning Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton and for outstanding theatre, you can’t beat Sidmouth’s very own Manor Pavilion Theatre.