Rural Living is a section of analyses that pulls together information on a number of subjects ranging from access to key services, speed of broadband, to issues of health.
The transition through life from late teen to young adulthood presents a number of choices socially, professionally and academically. For many young adults living in rural areas, the choice to continue education to a higher level brings with it the necessity and desire to move to an urban location. Data demonstrates that this results in a migration of young adults, and hence the loss economically and socially, from rural local authority areas.
Household budgets are increasingly stretched in meeting basic living costs. Using key measures, the financial pressures experienced by the average household can provide a picture of the relative cost of rural life.
This analysis investigates the rates of new cases of malignant melanoma per resident population under 75
When measured by time, rural residents face longer journeys to reach key services - including town centres, shops, education, medical facilities and schools.
When measured by distance, our research shows that key services are often further away in rural local authorities.
One measure of sparsity in rural areas examines the percentage of households within a given distance.
Broadband speed - or indeed the lack of it - remains a big challenge for rural business and communities. Many areas are languishing on connections far slower than those available in larger towns and cities - posing economic as well as social challenges for the countryside.