Rural England

Underage pregnancies

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Supporting information:

Key points

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' districts6
'Mostly rural' districts7
'Part rural' districts7

Definitions and data sources

The graphs

For each type of local authority district, the graph shows the number of conceptions to girls under the age of 16 per thousand girls aged 13 to 15.

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.


ONS conception statistics, with the data being obtained from the Department for Education website.

The numbers

'Very rural' districts5.2
'Mostly rural' districts6.3
'Part rural' districts6.7
Urban districts9.0