Key facts: City life

Plymouth is made up of



grouped together to form 20 electoral wards

Source: Plymouth Report

Plymouth has a current population of


Source: Office for National Statistics ONS MYE 2020

Plymouth’s 65+ population
is expected to increase by


between 2021 and 2043
(an additional 15,472 individuals)


of the Plymouth population are
White British

Source: Plymouth Report

Life expectancy at birth is

78.8 for males and 82.5 for females

(compared to England average 79.4% for males and 83.1% for females)

Source: Office for National Statistics ONS 2018 to 2020

Life expectancy is over


lower in some of the most deprived areas of the city compared to the least deprived group of neighbourhoods

Source: Plymouth Report

Key facts: Economy

Plymouth currently has an employment rate of


aged 16 to 64


of 16 and 17 year olds are currently not in employment, education or training

compared to 2.8% nationally


of Plymouth’s jobs are in the manufacturing industry, far exceeding the national average of 8.3% (2019)

The Marine and Defence sector accounts for 20% of the city’s GVA and 18.1% of total employment, over 19,000 FTE jobs.
Plymouth’s average weekly pay is


(88.8% of UK average) workplace 2021

HM Naval Base Devonport (HMNB)

is the largest Naval Base in Western Europe

and is of vital importance to the UK’s defence capability
Devonport plays a vital role in the Plymouth and wider regional economy directly supporting


of Plymouth’s total employment

and 14.1% of its economic output (Gross Value Added, GVA 2017)


exports (goods and services) in 2020

GVA per hour worked is


of the UK average

Key facts: Getting around

Considered part of the far south west, the city is 255 miles away from London by rail

With the average train journey times of

3 hours 12 minutes

Pre-pandemic bus patronage was


in 2019/20

and this has recovered to


in 2022/23


of Plymouth households do not have access to a car or van

Over the last 10 years approximately


ferry passengers travelled through Plymouth per year


people travel into Plymouth each day from the surrounding area for work

Key facts: Local community


of residents (adults) volunteer at least once per month

Source: Plymouth City Survey 2020

Plymouth City Survey 2022 results will be available in January 2023.


of Plymouth residents feel that people from different backgrounds get on well together in their local area

Source: Plymouth City Survey 2020

Plymouth City Survey 2022 results will be available in January 2023.

Levels of crime in Plymouth remain relatively low at


crimes per 1,000 resident population

compared to similar areas at 107.67 per 1,000 residents (2022)
Plymouth is within the


most deprived local authority districts in England

Two areas fall within the most deprived 1% in England while 28 areas fall within the most deprived 10% in England, affecting around 46,000 people locally

Key facts: Health and wellbeing

Four lifestyle behaviours (poor diet, lack of exercise, tobacco use, and excess alcohol consumption) are risk factors for four diseases (coronary heart disease, stroke, cancers, and respiratory problems) which together
account for


of deaths in Plymouth

Source: Thrive Plymouth

Healthy life
expectancy at birth is

for females

and 64.3 for males

Source: Public Health England



children in Plymouth (16 and under) had teeth removed under general anaesthetic in 2018/19
The rate of dental extractions is nearly four times higher in the most deprived areas in the city compared to the least deprived

Source: Plymouth Oral Health Needs Assessment, Plymouth City Council 2019


of Plymouth adults smoke

compared to an England average of 12.1% (2020)

Source: Public Health Outcomes Framework



Plymouth residents over 65 are estimated to have a long-term limiting illness where their day-to-day activities are limited (2020)

Source: Projecting Older People Population Information

There are estimated to be around


carers in Plymouth

Approximately 840 of these will be young people aged 18 and under

Source: Plymouth Report

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust has secondary care catchment population of


and a wider peninsula population of 2 million in specialist services.

Key facts: Living and housing

Plymouth has


dwellings (2021)

Source: Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)

Plymouth has lower levels of owner occupation with


locally as opposed to 68% regionally and 64.1% nationally
The average property price in Plymouth is


(August 2022)

Source: UK House Price Index

Plymouth has a higher proportion of properties in lower Council Tax bands than average with


in Band A and B compared to 44.4% across England
The Joint Local Plan (JLP) for Plymouth and South West Devon seeks to deliver


new homes of which 6,600 should be affordable by 2034 across two policy areas of Plymouth and the Thriving Towns and Villages of South West Devon


of Plymouth households
are estimated to live in fuel poverty

Source: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy sub-regional fuel poverty statistics 2022 (2020 data).

Key facts: Arts, culture and heritage


marked the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts



people visited Plymouth in 2021

The Box, Plymouth’s new

£37 million

cultural centre opened in 2020 as the flagship building for the Mayflower 400 commemorations

Key facts: Environment and green space



of the city is designated as green space

And is surrounded by 3 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), a European Marine Site, a Marine Conservation Zone and Dartmoor National Park


of Plymouth’s waste is sent for reuse, recycling and composting

Source: Plymouth City Council Corporate Plan Performance Report 2022/23

Currently within Plymouth there are nearly

950 hectares

of accessible green space

Plymouth has


Local Nature Reserves covering over 297 hectares which is well above the national standard of 1 hectare for every 1000 people.

Plymouth has a network of


wildflower meadows

and 28 County Wildlife Sites

Key facts: Education and learning

The city has

3 universities

The University of Plymouth has 3 Strategic Research Institutes (the Marine Institute, Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research and Sustainable Earth Institute)


DATA Play 11... tackling the climate emergency together

Published 6 September 2022
DATA Play 11 was a great success with discussions around the climate emergency and the environment.

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Save a new date for DATA Play 11

Published 24 February 2022
We’ve rescheduled DATA Play 11 to 7 April 2022 due to the coronavirus situation and on advice from Public Health.

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DATA Play 11: Climate emergency

Published 9 December 2021
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Save the date for DATA Play 11

Published 8 December 2021
Join us on 11 March 2022 for DATA Play 11 to explore how data and technology can help the city’s challenges around the climate emergency.

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View the Plymouth Plan Annual Report

Published 23 July 2021
This annual report provides an overview of progress over the past year, for each of the different elements of the plan.

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Tune in tomorrow for the Climate Challenge live final

Published 2 December 2020
The top three projects will now be taking part in the LIVE final taking place on Thursday 3 December at 7pm…

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Join us for a Plymouth Climate Challenge live event

Published 26 September 2020
The top three supported projects will be awarded an additional £2,500 and be invited to the live event on Thursday 3 December…

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Progress on the delivery of the Plymouth Plan

Published 23 November 2020
We’ve added a new Plymouth Plan section with infographics to show our progress on the Plymouth Plan primary indicators…

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Competition time! Plymouth Climate Challenge LIVE

Published 24 September 2020
Plymouth City Council and Crowdfunder have teamed up to award £15,000 prize-funding to 10 climate emergency projects in the city…

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DATA Play 10 is here... looking back and forward

Published 1 November 2019
DATA Play 10 kicked off to a great start with some really interesting discussions around past and future challenges…

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