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Quick facts about Herefordshire

You can view, or download, the latest Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) summary report from 'related documents.' 

Key information about Herefordshire: 

  • Population (mid-2018): 192,100. 
  • Herefordshire's land classification: 95% of land classified as ‘rural’. Over half of the population live in rural areas.
  • Distribution of population (mid-2017): Just under a third of the population lives in Hereford city (61,400 people), and just under a fifth in one of the three largest market towns of Leominster (12,200), Ross (11,400) and Ledbury (10,100).
  • Population aged 65 years or above (mid-2018): 24% (Herefordshire); 18% (nationally)
  • Households in fuel poverty (in 2015): 17% (Herefordshire); 13.5% (West Midlands); 11% (England). 
  • Housing affordability: Herefordshire is the worst area within the West Midlands region for housing affordability.  House prices at the lower end of the housing market are 8.6 times higher than lower quartile annual earnings.
  • Earnings in Herefordshire are consistently significantly lower than the average in England and the West Midlands. In 2018 the median weekly earnings for people who work in Herefordshire were £461.10, compared to £536.60 in the West Midlands and £574.90 in England.
  • Geographical Barriers to Services is one of the domains that make up the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).  In 2015, almost half (55) of Herefordshire Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs)[1] were among the 10% most deprived in England.  In contrast there were just eight LSOAs among the 25% least deprived in England.

How Herefordshire compares[2]:

Infographic showing how Herefordshire compares to national benchmarks across a range of key indicators.

* Data not available for benchmarking, although % remains a significant concern

1.  Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) are fixed statistical geographies of about 1,500 people designed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). For more information please see the useful definitions page.

2.  Public Health England - Local Authority Health Profiles.