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About Wiltshire

Wiltshire is a large and mostly prosperous county which has a rich, diverse heritage, with areas of national and international interest such as Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral. A population of 500,000 makes it the fifth largest authority in the South West. About half of people in Wiltshire live in towns and villages with fewer than 5,000 residents. A quarter of residents live in villages of fewer than 1,000, and about 90% of the county is rural. With 146 people per square kilometre Wiltshire has a lower population density than the South West or England overall. People in ethnic minority groups make up slightly less than 6.6% of the population, including significant numbers of Polish and Moroccan origin and a community of Gypsy, Romany and Travellers. Some pockets of deprivation do exist however, in the county town of Trowbridge, in Chippenham and in Salisbury.

Some key facts about Wiltshire

  • 18 community areas
  • 252 town and parish councils
  • Wiltshire is a military county and by 2020 will be home to the largest number of Armed Forces personnel in the country
  • Population – 475,000
  • 99,490 people aged 65yrs+ (3rd largest older population)
  • Life expectancy: 80.8 years for males, 84 years for females (higher than the national average)
  • 113,100 young people – 0 - 19 years
  • 61% pupils achieve five or more GCSEs at Grades A*-C (national average is 54%)
  • 236 schools, 31 small rural schools and 7th lowest funded
  • Deprivation – whilst Wiltshire is relatively affluent, it does have 1 in Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) in the top 10% of national areas and 12 LSOAs in the top 20% of most deprived areas nationally
  • The road network includes 2,967 miles of roads (17th largest)
  • 18 town high streets and Salisbury City
  • 15,000 businesses – 78.9% level of employment
  • Shop vacancy average – 6.8% – well below the national average of 12.4%
  • Average house price is £269,175 – 10.5 to 9.5 x average income
  • Number of business enterprises is 25,620
  • Number of individual factories and shops is 28,970

Salisbury Cathedral

Sailsbury Market Town



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