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England's smaller seaside towns: benchmarking study

This report provides an information base on England’s smaller seaside towns.

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This report provides an information base on England’s smaller seaside towns. It presents a range of statistical evidence on socio-economic conditions and compares the figures with regional, rural and English averages and with the averages for larger seaside towns.

It focuses on 37 smaller ‘seaside towns’ (or resorts) rather than all smaller places around the coast. All these towns have a population below 10,000, which qualifies them as ‘rural’ settlements on official definitions.

The report is a direct counterpart to the benchmarking study of England’s larger seaside towns, published in 2008.