Rural England


Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • The proportion of households accepted as newly homeless by their local authority is much lower in rural districts than in urban districts.
  • See the UK indicator on homelessness.

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.

'Very rural' districts5
'Mostly rural' districts6
'Part rural' districts5

Definitions and data sources

The graphs

For each type of local authority district, the graph shows the number of households newly recognised as homeless by their local authority as a proportion of all households.  It includes both those ‘in priority need’ and those ‘not in priority need’.  It also includes those deemed to be intentionally homeless as well as those who were unintentionally homeless.

Level of the data

Lower tier local authorities (districts), as classified by the DEFRA 2009 classification system.  Both the DEFRA classification rules and their results by local authority can be found on the page on rural/urban classification systems.


DCLG Statutory Homelessness England, Statistical Releases.

External links

See the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on Social housing in rural areas.

The numbers

Type of district Proportion of all households Absolute numbers
'Very rural' districts0.19% 4,300
'Mostly rural' districts0.21% 6,500
'Part rural' districts0.19% 5,400
Urban districts0.39% 52,000