Wycombe View of Downley and the Disreali Monument in the grounds of Hughenden Manor

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Location: South East

Population: 176,900 (2016)

Interesting fact: There is a the traditional of weighing of the mayor of High Wycombe at the beginning and end of his/her serving year to see if the mayor has gained weight at the expense of the taxpayer. This has been a tradition in the town since medieval times. The mayor is weighed in full view of the public to see whether or not he/she has gained weight at the taxpayers' expense. This custom continues to the present day and the same weighing apparatus are used as in the 19th century.



Wycombe is a member of the Rural Services Network and falls
under the branch of our service called the Rural Assembly.
A list of all the Rural Assembly members can be found here.


Wycombe Information

Phone number
01494 461000
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
Buckinghamshire Thames Valley
Frequency of elections
Elections are of whole council
Number of councillors
Political composition
Conservatives - 49
Labour - 6
East Wycombe Independents - 3
Independent - 1
Liberal Democrats - 1
Aylesbury - David Lidington (Conservative)
Beaconsfield - Dominic Grieve (Conservative)
Chesham and Amersham - Cheryl Gillan (Conservative)
Wycombe - Steve Baker (Conservative)
Decision making structure
Leader and a Cabinet
Population change
Population change
One Year Population Change
+ 0.7%
Ten Year Population Change
+ 6.9%
Police Authority
Thames Valley Police Authority
Fire Service
Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Services
Health Authority
South Central Strategic Health Authority
32,458 Hectares
Rural Output Areas
109 rural OAs from 529 OAs in total
Audited by
Southern Region (Audit Commission)
Rural Classification (Defra)
Urban with Significant Rural (rural including hub towns 26-49%)
Population by Area- (Density)
5.45 people per hectare
Number of Parishes
Number of Parish Meetings
Number of Parish Councils
Number of Town Councils
Average house price
£330,000 (Median price paid by local authority, year ending Q4-2015 - provided by UK HPI data published by Land Registry © Crown copyright 2016)
Outsourced Services
Information yet to be supplied
Average age of population
38.9 (2011 Census data)
Main Towns
High Wycombe, Marlow, Princes Risborough
Unemployment rate
0.7% (JSA claimants for August 2017)
Current Council Tax
(amount reported is the amount received by the Council - no other services are included)
2014/2015 Council Tax - £132.69
2015/2016 Council Tax - £132.69
2016/2017 Council Tax - £137.65
2017/2018 Council Tax - £137.64

Percentage of households socially rented from council or local authority
8.5% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population who have reported they are in very good health
51.6% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population which provides unpaid care
9.5% (2011 Census data)
Employment by Occupation
Percentage of people aged 16 and over who are in Social Major Group 1-3
50.3% (ONS annual population survey - April 15-March 16)
Average annual wage for full time employees
  1. 2014 Workplaced Based Median - £29,695
    2015 Workplaced Based Median - £30,695
  2. 2014 Workplaced Based Mean - £37,261
    2015 Workplaced Based Mean - £39,943
  3. 2014 Resident Based Median - £30,623
    2015 Resident Based Median - £32,396
  4. 2014 Resident Based Mean - £42,457
    2015 Resident Based Mean - £44,739
Percentage of those employed in full time employment
41.6% (2011 Census data)
Cars or vans owned per household
(2011 Census data)
No cars or vans - 13.7%
1 car or van - 38.1%
2 cars or vans - 35.7%
3 cars or vans - 8.8%
4 or more cars and vans - 3.6%
Local Newspapers
Information yet to be supplied
National Park/AONBs
The Chilterns (AONB)

2015 English Indices of Deprivation analysis toolDeprivation

(Produced by Oxfordshire County Council)

The Research & Intelligence Unit of Oxfordshire County Council have produced an interactive tool that present the 2015 English Indices of Deprivation on a map of England to make it easier to explore the data for your areas of interest, and have kindly made this tool available to members of the Rural Services Network.

The analysis works through your web browser, and can be accessed for Wycombe here

(All factual information on these pages is updated annually by the RSN)
(Information given via links will however be updated as new information becomes available)