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Statistical Digest of Rural England

Statistical Digest of Rural England: a compendium of socio-economic statistics for Rural areas. The compendium is structured into 7 thematic reports and is supported by a high level summary of key findings.

The Statistical Digest of Rural England (hereafter the Digest) is a collection of statistics on a range of social and economic topics and provides broad comparisons between Rural and Urban areas by settlement type.

The February 2024 release includes analysis updates for the following themes and topics:

  • Housing - Homelessness
  • Housing - Energy Performance Certificates: average Energy Efficiency Score
  • Housing - Energy Performance Certificates: achieving energy efficiency category C

The Digest has been restructured into thematic reports and incorporates the previously separate publication the Rural Economic Bulletin.

All of the content previously found within the Digest has been clustered into sub-themes, but the new structure allows for a clearer distinction between topics. A lookup table showing how the new structure maps to the previous publication structure can be found in Appendix 3 at the end of each thematic report. The Digest will continue to be updated regularly when new material is available. Thematic reports will be updated individually and not every report with be updated every month.

Archived publications

Copies of publications up to 2022 are available from the National Archive.

These statistics are produced to the high professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, which sets out eight principles including meeting user needs, impartiality and objectivity, integrity, sound methods and assured quality, frankness and accessibility.

More information on the Official Statistics Code of Practice can be found at the Code of Practice for Statistics web page.

Additional information:

A to Z Index

Key Findings

Population

Housing

Health and Wellbeing

Communities and Households

Connectivity and Accessibility

Education, Qualifications and Training

Rural Economic Bulletin

About the Digest and Rural Definitions

Published 12 September 2013
Last updated 13 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Published today, latest Rural statistics on Homelessness and Energy Performance Certificates (Energy Efficient Scores and achieving energy efficiency category C) in the Housing report.

  2. Published today, latest Rural statistics on Free school meals and Alternative and specialist education provision in the Education, Qualifications and Training report.

  3. Published today, latest Rural statistics on Childcare provision in the Health and Wellbeing report.

  4. Change note: Published today, latest Rural statistics on Housing (including house prices and a new section on land use change for housing) and the Rural Economic Bulletin (including employment, redundancies, claimant counts (JSA) and businesses).

  5. Published today, latest Rural statistics on Health and Wellbeing (including Suicide rates, NHS dentistry provision, General Practices, Loneliness, and Volunteering and charity).

  6. Published today, latest Rural statistics on School inspections, Apprenticeships and on-the-job training and Workforce education levels.

  7. Published today, updates to the Housing, Communities and Households and Connectivity and Accessibility Digest sections.

  8. Published today, latest rural statistics on Transport & travel, Access to services, Employment, Redundancies and Productivity.

  9. Published today, latest rural statistics on life expectancy, wellbeing and energy costs.

  10. Published today, latest rural statistics on poverty due to low income, fuel poverty, employment, earnings, redundancies and claimant count.

  11. The Housing theme from the Statistical Digest of Rural England has been published today, providing the latest rural statistics on various aspects of housing stock, homelessness, house prices, second and empty homes and energy performance certificates.

  12. Published today, the latest release of the Digest which has been restructured into thematic reports and incorporates the previously separate publication the Rural Economic Bulletin. Updates included in this release cover Housing, Education and Communities and Households

  13. Published today, latest rural statistics on fuel poverty.

  14. Published today, latest rural statistics on Productivity measured by Gross Value Added (contribution by industry) and Wellbeing.

  15. Published today, latest statistics on productivity, transport and travel, and crime in rural areas.

  16. Published today, May 2022 edition of the Digest including latest rural statistics on businesses, housing and education.

  17. Published today, latest rural statistics on businesses, life expectancy and potential years life lost.

  18. Published today, latest statistics on housing completions and skills in rural areas.

  19. Published today, latest edition of the Statistical Digest of Rural England, including latest data on home working in rural areas.

  20. Published today, latest statistics on loneliness, feelings about the local neighbourhood, and volunteering in rural areas.

  21. Publication of the November 2021 edition. Publication of local authority level data tables of key Digest datasets.

  22. Publication of the October 2021 edition of the Statistical Digest of Rural England.

  23. Update: The September 2021 edition of the Statistical Digest of Rural England has been published.

  24. The August 2021 edition of the Statistical Digest of Rural England has been published.

  25. We’ve changed how we’ve organised rural statistics and updated the content following Lord Cameron’s review of rural proofing.

  26. The 2014 Broadband speed data have been reissued as a result of a minor revision to the analysis. The average speed results were unaffected in all cases except for rural town and fringe in a sparse setting and rural villages, where the average speeds increased by 1Mbit/s compared with the previously reported figures.

  27. The March 2016 edition of the Statistical Digest of Rural England has been published.

  28. The January 2016 edition of the Statistical Digest of Rural England has been published. This edition includes updates to productivity measured by Gross Value Added (GVA).

  29. The November 2015 edition of the Statistical Digest of Rural England includes updates to secondary and higher education and net additions to housing stock.

  30. The latest Statistical Digest of Rural England published today includes updates to rural investment and rural access to services.

  31. The 'Statistical Digest for Rural England – July edition' will not be released at 09:30 on 30 July as announced. This is to allow further time for content development and analysis. The next release will be the 'Statistical Digest for Rural England – September edition', due to be released on 24th September.

  32. Statistical Digest of Rural England - June 2015 edition v2 (updated with 2013/14 migration)

  33. June 2015 edition of the Statistical Digest of Rural England has been published.

  34. May 2015 edition of the Statistical Digest for Rural England published.

  35. The latest edition of the Statistical Digest of Rural England has been published.

  36. The March 2015 edition of the Statisitcal Digest of Rural England has been published.

  37. Latest Statistical Digest of Rural England published which includes updates to rural productivity (Gross Value Added (GVA))

  38. Latest version of the Statistical Digest of Rural England with updates on infant mortality, secondary education, earnings and private rent providers is available.

  39. Statistical Digest of Rural England 2014 includes the latest rural poverty statistics.

  40. January 2014 Statistical Digest of Rural England published.

  41. Latest Statistical Digest for Rural England 2013 published today, featuring updates for economic activity, housing, accessibility and population statistics for rural settlements. A special report covering the 2011 Census results for Rural England has also been published today.

  42. First published.