Statistics & Census Information

Local Area Information

This page provides a range of information about the district and the residents of West Somerset.

Community Profile

This profile provides an overview of key statistics for the District see the Somerset intelligence website.

West Somerset Health Profile

Health profiles provide a snapshot overview of health and wellbeing, either generally or for a specific theme, intended to help inform the commissioning and delivery of local services. See the Somerset intelligence health profile page for more information.

West Somerset Joint Needs Assessment 2010

In 2010 NHS Somerset and Somerset County Council, with support from West Somerset Council and other organisations and agencies, undertook an analysis of health and social care within the district of West Somerset. This work follows on from a county-wide Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) produced in 2008 and to be updated in 2011. West Somerset Joint Needs Assessment (4.5mb pdf)

Key Statistics

  • West Somerset Council covers 280 square miles of coast and countryside. 
  • The population of the district is approximately 35,300 and it is estimated that 32.1 per cent of this population are at retirement age (60 years and 65 years for women and men respectively).
  • The figure is above the national and regional average.
  • It is predicted that the population in West Somerset will increase by 15.86 per cent over the next twenty five years (2006 – 2031).
  • The largest increase is expected in the 85+ age group which will increase by approximately 140 per cent.
  • In contrast, it is predicted that there will be decreases in the working age population within the area.
  • Around 4.25 per cent of the population is from a BME background compared to 4.92 per cent in Somerset, 6.86 per cent regionally and 15.3 per cent nationally.

For in depth statistical information on the district, click on the links on the right hand side of this page which will take you to external websites.