Life and Work
Living and Working in East Devon
This section of the web site gives you information about living and working in East Devon. You can find information and services here about education and learning, community safety, economic development, bus passes, transport links, our commitment to the environment and how to contact essential services including registrars, hospitals, dentists and health centres. You can also use our "My Neighbourhood" service to find lots of information about your property, including your refuse and recycling days, your local councillor, whether you're in an area of outstanding natural beauty and much more.
To find more about East Devon, please consult the facts, figures and statistics page on the Devon County Council website.
A detailed analysis of Economic Trends, alongside useful links to other sites providing statistics for East Devon, can be found on our Economic Trends page.
A beautiful and rural District
In East Devon we have a dispersed and mainly rural population. The rural nature of the District is emphasised by the low population density of 1.5 per hectare (the England and Wales average is 3.4). There are 68 town and parish councils covering the whole district. A high proportion of the District is covered by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the World Heritage Coast.
The District has seven towns which are the coastal resorts of Exmouth (Devon’s largest town – population 35,500), Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth and Seaton and the inland communities of Honiton, Ottery St Mary, and Axminster. There are numerous villages and hamlets.
A recent MORI survey revealed that the vast majority of residents are satisfied with Devon as a place to live. MORI states that the results are "some of the most positive MORI records anywhere in the UK". 91% of residents are satisfied with Devon as a place to live. Within Devon, the residents of East Devon are among the most satisfied at 94%.
The District’s population currently stands at 129,800: 61,800 men and 68,000 women, with a small black and ethnic minority population of 0.7% (just under 880 people described their ethnic group as non-white in the 2001 census, with Chinese being the single largest grouping at 169). The 2001 census also confirmed that Devon was the fastest growing county in England between 1991 and 2001, with the largest predicted growth over the next 15 years being in the 65-69 year old age band. Here in East Devon, we already have the third highest proportion of people of retirement age in the whole country (Office for National Statistics), which has an impact on health, mobility, household composition, and isolation and has implications for the way we need to plan for the future delivery of our services.
There are 62,120 houses in the District, of which 4,302 are rented homes still owned by the Council. We are now developing the new community of Cranbrook and regenerating others.
You can find out more detailed population statistics on Devon County Council’s website.
We live in a rural environment in a beautiful part of the world. Most of our residents are very happy with their quality of life but there are things we need to tackle that would benefit the District, and they are included in the priorities of our Corporate Strategy.
The Rural Services Community is the community voice for rural services, designed to provide smaller organisations with information and best practice relating to rural affairs. Their forums give members the opportunity to discuss issues relating to rural services and to share information.
Sid Valley Mission Community. The six Anglican churches form a single Mission Community serving all the communities of the Sid Valley and offer a wide variety of worship and church traditions, from Evangelical to Catholic and from sung Eucharist to informal family worship..
National Society for Epilepsy. The National Society for Epilepsy is the UK's leading epilepsy charity providing expert information and care for people with the condition and their carers.
The UK online centres network was set up by government in 2000 to provide public access to computers. It now plays a key role in exploiting information and communication technology (ICT) to help improve individual lives, strengthen communities and achieve social inclusion. There are thousands of UK online centres across England, and many use myguide and Online basics to introduce people to the world of ICT.
Page last updated on 30 January 2015