Official Statistics

Rural poverty statistics

Poverty levels in rural and urban areas.


Rural poverty - to 2016/17

Rural poverty - to 2014/15

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Rural poverty - to 2012/13


Households below average income (HBAI) figures are presented for rural and urban areas for the percentage living in relative and absolute low income, both before and after housing costs.



  • proportion of households in low income
  • proportion of working-age people (aged between 16 and 64) in low income
  • proportion of children in low income
  • proportion of pensioners in in low income

(For these statistics, individuals are said to be in relative low income if they live in a household with an income below 60 per cent of median income (the income earned by the household in the middle of the distribution in a given year). Individuals are said to be in absolute low income if they live in a household with an income below a threshold of median income (60 per cent in this case) in a specific year adjusted for inflation).

Data source: Department for Work and Pensions

Coverage: England

Rural classification used: Office for National Statistics Rural Urban Classification

Next release date: TBC

Additional information:

Defra statistics: rural

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Published 31 January 2013
Last updated 28 June 2018 + show all updates
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