We do not have data on rural poverty at the county level although local authorities may have undertaken work on poverty in their area. In England as a whole fewer rural households than urban households are below 60 per cent. of average household income which is accepted as a normal poverty indicator.
The average (median) income is approximately £18,000 per annum, so the 60 per cent. level is approximately £10,800. Figure 1 compares urban and rural levels of income-poverty.
|Number of households||5,918,756||15,202,778|
|Household income less than 60 per cent. of the median||1,347,399||4,031,904|
Countryside Agency, (2002) "The state of the countryside 2002", Countryside Agency, Cheltenham.
In 2001, 1 per cent. of rural wards in the South West had an average household income of below £15,000 per year, compared with 7 per cent. of urban wards.
|Percentage of wards with household income:|
|Less than £15,000||£15,000-£20,000||£20,000-£25,000||£25,000-£30,000||Above £30,000|
Countryside Agency, (2002), "The state of the countryside 2002: South West", Countryside Agency, Cheltenham