Rural England


Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • In both rural and urban areas, older women from low-income households are much more likely to feel very unsafe out at night than those from higher-income households.
  • At every income level, the proportion is much lower in rural areas than in urban areas.

Rural/urban ratios (urban = 10)

On most poverty and social exclusion indicators, rural areas have ‘better scores’ than urban areas. The purpose of the table below is to differentiate between those subjects where rural areas are ‘a bit better’ and those where rural areas are ‘a lot better’. It does so by presenting the rural statistics for the indicator as a proportion of the urban statistics. So, for example, a rural ‘score’ of 6 in the table below means that the rural statistic is around 60% of its urban equivalent.

Household income less than £10,000 per year 6
Household income more than £10,000 per year 4

Definitions and data sources

The graphs

The graph shows the number of women aged 65 and over who report feeling very unsafe walking alone after dark, with the data separated depending on whether the household income is more or less than £10,000 pa.

Level of the data

Small area urban/rural classifications using the government’s 2004 classification system for small areas.  Rural areas are those classified as ‘small town and fringe’, ‘village’ and ‘hamlet and isolated dwellings’, where this data is only available as a single, combined ‘rural area’ category in the publicly available data.


British Crime Survey, Home Office.  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average for the latest three years.

The numbers

GroupRural Urban
Household income less than £10,000 per year 17% 31%
Household income more than £10,000 per year 9% 21%