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Leicestershire Community Profile

The dashboard below illustrates the key population statistics for Leicestershire which have been taken from the latest Census release

Population

Leicestershire is located in the heart of England and has a growing population of approximately 661,575 (Mid 2013 population estimates). Despite its physically rural nature, 70 percent of Leicestershire's residents live in Urban Settlements; 18 percent in Town and Fringe settlements; and 12 percent in Village, Hamlet and Isolated Dwellings (2011 RUC, ONS 2012 mid-year population estimate).

The geography of Leicestershire is one of contrasts. The eastern side of the county is predominantly rural, with small villages and market towns, whilst the north and north-west is more urban. The Principal Urban Area of Leicester stretches beyond the City administrative area into Leicestershire and encompasses Oadby and Wigston, as well as parts of neighbouring Blaby, Charnwood and Harborough.

The population of the county has increased by 9 percent since 2001 and projected to increase by 14 percent between 2013 and 2037, a rise of 92,400. The number of people aged 85+ population is predicted to grow by 29,200 from 2013 to 2037, followed by the age groups 80-84 by 77 percent, 75-79 (71 percent) and 70-74 (66 percent) whilst the number of 10-14 year olds is predicted to grow by 13.4 percent. The 45-49 age group is projected to decline by 9.6 percent, followed by the 40-44 age group, declining by 8.3 percent and 50-54 age group, declining by 7.3 percent (ONS, 2012-based Sub national Population Projections).

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Economy & Transport

Leicestershire is a relatively successful economy with higher than (national) average wage levels, low rates of unemployment and a relatively diverse mix of industries. Despite some structural change, manufacturing and transport and communications still remain sizeable local sectors in terms of jobs, with higher levels of employment in both sectors by national standards. The county has not been immune from the recession.

Leicestershire is supported by excellent transport links. It is at the intersections of the M1, M6 and M42/A42 motorways and is considered to be a leading location for the logistics and distribution industry. The East Coast ports, which provide access to continental Europe, are easily accessible via the A14, and 95 percent of England's population is accessible within four hours drive of Lutterworth.

In terms of rail, regular high speed services run direct to London St. Pancras from Leicester, Loughborough and Market Harborough via the Midland Mainline. In addition, following the transfer of the Eurostar terminal to St. Pancras, a journey from Leicester to Paris can now take as little as four hours. These links with London and the South East are strategically important if the county is to benefit from London's economic success.

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Education & Skills

Leicestershire has average levels of school-age educational achievement. Achievement of 5+ A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths is in line with the national average (DoE, 2013/14) and Key Stage 2 achievement for 11 year olds is also similar to the national figure. More schools in Leicestershire are rated as 'Good' or 'Outstanding' compared to the national average with the Primary school sector especially strong.

Leicestershire has one of the lowest youth unemployment rates in the country with only 3 percent of 16-18 year olds Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) (Prospects 2014 data). The number of people in Leicestershire qualified to Level 2 and Level 3 by age 19 has increased significantly over the past decade and is above average nationally in both cases (DoE, 2013/14). The number of adults (aged 16-64) with no qualifications in Leicestershire increased from 7.7 percent in 2012 to 8.8 percent in 2013 (Nomis 2013).

Social make up

Leicestershire is a relatively affluent county and experiences very low levels of social-economic deprivation overall. North West Leicestershire is the most deprived district in the county, ranked 200 out of 354 local authorities in England, while Harborough is the least deprived, ranked 319 (where 1 is the most deprived). Even so, pockets of significant deprivation exist, with some neighbourhoods in Loughborough and Coalville amongst the most deprived neighbourhoods in England. These areas experience deprivation across a number of themes, such as income, employment, health and crime (Indices of Deprivation 2010).

Based on the 2011 Census Output Area Classification, 30 percent of the population of Leicestershire are classed as "Suburbanites" while 23 percent are classed as "Multicultural Metropolitans" and 13 percent of the population are classed as "Urbanites."

Crime & Disorder

Leicestershire is a relatively safe place to live. There were 47 crimes per 1000 population recorded in Leicestershire during the period April 2013 – March 2014 which is lower than the national and regional averages. Total crime has shown a falling trend over the last 5 years with an overall 24 percent decrease in recorded crime over this period. This decreasing trend has halted with a small increase in crime of 3.6 percent in 2013/14 when compared with previous years. These figures nevertheless hide the fact that there is usually a gap between real levels of crime and what people feel about crime.

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Reports

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