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Location: South West

Population: 217,160 (Mid-year estimate 2015)

Interesting fact: Swindon Hill, 500 feet above sea level, attracted settlement from earliest times for its strategic position and excellent water supply. It is a great rock of Portland limestone that lies on top of the chalk hills and clay valleys of North Wiltshire. The Romans discovered it, quarried the stone and shipped it down to their settlement below the hill at Durocornovium on the main road between Silchester and Cirencester. The recent discovery of a complex of sanctuaries and temples at Abbey Meads near Blunsdon indicates both considerable settlement and religious significance.



Swindon 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.


Swindon Information

Phone number
01793 463000
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
Swindon and Wiltshire
Frequency of elections
Elections are by thirds
Number of councillors
Political composition
Conservative - 30
Labour - 25
Liberal Democrats - 2
North Swindon - Justin Tomlinson (Conservative)
South Swindon - Robert Buckland (Conservative)
Decision making structure
Leader and a Cabinet
Population change
Population change
One Year Population Change
+ 0.6%
Ten Year Population Change
+ 14.5%
Police Authority
Wiltshire Police Authority
Fire Service
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service
Health Authority
NHS South West
23,009 Hectares
Rural Output Areas
80 rural OAs from 713 OAs in total
Audited by
Southern Region (Audit Commission)
Rural Classification (Defra)
Urban with City and Town
Population by Area- (Density)
9.44 people per hectare
Number of Parishes
Number of Parish Meetings
Number of Parish Councils
Number of Town Councils
Average house price
£182,500 (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
38.1 (2011 Census data)
Main Towns
Highworth, Swindon
Unemployment rate
0.8% (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 - £1,146.09
2015/2016 Council Tax - £1,146.09
2016/2017 Council Tax - £1,168.90
2017/2018 Council Tax - £1,251.29

Percentage of households socially rented from council or local authority
11.6% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population who have reported they are in very good health
48.3% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population which provides unpaid care
9.3% (2011 Census data)
Employment by Occupation
Percentage of people aged 16 and over who are in Social Major Group 1-3
41.0% (ONS annual population survey - April 15-March 16)
Average annual wage for full time employees
  1. 2014 Workplaced Based Median - £28,251
    2015 Workplaced Based Median - £29,585
  2. 2014 Workplaced Based Mean - £34,176
    2015 Workplaced Based Mean - £37,847
  3. 2014 Resident Based Median - £27,268
    2015 Resident Based Median - £28,126
  4. 2014 Resident Based Mean - £32,268
    2015 Resident Based Mean - £32,719
Percentage of those employed in full time employment
46.7% (2011 Census data)
Cars or vans owned per household
(2011 Census data)
No cars or vans - 21.6%
1 car or van - 44.2%
2 cars or vans - 27.3%
3 cars or vans - 5.3%
4 or more cars and vans - 1.6%
Local Newspapers
Information yet to be supplied
National Park/AONBs
North Wessex Downs (AONBS)

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 Swindon 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)





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