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The 2018 Mid-Year Estimates show that the current population of Dorset Council is estimated to be 376,480; an increase of 1,430 since 2017. We are in the process of updating the larger geography Area Profiles section which show key statistics for your area.
The DC State of Dorset report was released in September 2018 giving an outline of the current socio-economic, demographic and environmental context in Dorset today. Visit the Topics Section to view it.
Released in March 2019, the Dorset Council’s local economic assessment page provides a series of bulletins to give an overview of Dorset’s economy and labour market.
Our new dashboard enables you to explore the demographics, service user and socio-economic profiles of Dorset Council’s new ward areas
While we are updating all reports, bulletins and spreadsheets to reflect the new council, information regarding DCC will remain on the website until it is updated. Please check the geography that any report/spreadsheet is referring to. All superseded datasets can be downloaded from the Archive section if required.
Coastal areas are associated with lower pay, lower life expectancy and deprivation. A recent report from the Social Market Foundation called 'Falling off a cliff? - Economic and social decline by the coast' suggests that coastal areas of Britain are getting left behind compared to inland areas. The report identifies parts of Dorset as having some of the lowest pay and productivity in the country.
We looked at the data used in the report and conducted our own analysis which found that while Dorset's coastal areas do compare poorly to other parts of the country, they do not always rank as poorly as the report suggests. For example, in the report Purbeck has the fifth lowest pay in the country. However, this is only the case if you take the average of full time and part time pay. This gives a distorted view as it will be lower if an area has more part time workers. It does highlight one interesting thing though - Purbeck has a higher proportion of part time workers than any other local authority in Britain (out of over 400 areas). If you look at full time pay alone, Purbeck ranks 83rd - within the poorest fifth of local authorities in terms of earnings, but not as bad as suggested in the report.
The report also states that coastal areas tend to have lower life expectancy than inland areas. While this is true for many areas of the country, for West Dorset and Purbeck it isn't. In fact, in a report by the Office for National Statistics, Purbeck was highlighted as having the ideal combination of a long healthy life expectancy (years in good health), and low inequality of life expectancy.
So while Dorset's coastal communities face difficulties, the picture is perhaps not as bleak as first appears. If you have any questions please email us.Falling off a cliff? - Report
The Research team is responsible for meeting the evidence needs across the Council, linking this to policy development and providing a better understanding of our communities and residents. Research specialisms in the group include demography, the Dorset economy, the environment, population forecasting and modelling, deprivation, community data, customer insight, national and local government policy, mapping, equalities and diversity, and analysis and support of GIS.
With a wide range of skills and information available, the team are happy to help with any questions that you may have or interpretation required.Contact us