Key facts: City life

Plymouth is made up of



grouped together to form 20 electoral wards
Plymouth has a current population of


46,808 (17.7%) are under 16

and 47,112 (17.8%) are 65+
(2016 mid-year estimate, ONS)
Plymouth’s 65+ population
is projected to increase by a


by 2034
(15,900 people)


of the Plymouth population are
White British

Life expectancy is

for males

and 82.7 for females
Life expectancy is


lower in some of the most deprived areas of the city compared to the least deprived
Plymouth currently has an employment rate of


aged 16 to 64
(December 2017)


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

compared to 6% nationally
In Plymouth there are


jobs in marine manufacturing, these jobs account for 21% of the UK’s marine manufacturing capacity
Plymouth accounts for 9.16% of England’s entire Marine Industry
Plymouth’s average weekly pay is


compared to

£527 across the
South West

HM Naval Base Devonport (HMNB)

is the largest Naval Base in Western Europe

and is of vital importance to the UK’s defence capability
The fishing industry brings over


in Gross Value Added (GVA) to Plymouth

Devonport plays a vital role in the Plymouth and wider regional economy directly supporting


of Plymouth’s total Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employment

and 14.1% of its economic output (Gross Value Added, GVA 2017)
The fishing industry lands


of England’s total fish catch each year

putting Plymouth in the top 3 fishing ports in England
Considered part of the far south west, the city is located 230 miles from London

With the average train journey times of

3 hours 15 minutes


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

Commuting by bus is higher than average in Plymouth, placing the city in the top


of authorities for this mode of travel

Plymouth has seen an increase in cycling of at least


over the last six years


ferry passengers travelled through Plymouth in 2015

making it the UK’s eighth most important passenger ferry port


non-residents travel
into Plymouth to
work each day from
the surrounding area


of residents (adults) volunteer at least once per month


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

Levels of crime in Plymouth remain relatively low at


crimes per 1,000 resident population

compared to similar areas at 79.63 per 1,000 residents


of Plymouth adults are over indebted

compared to 15.8% nationally
Plymouth is within the


most deprived local authority districts in England

One area (found in the St Peter and the Waterfront ward) falls within the most deprived 1% in England while eight fall within the most deprived while eight fall within the most deprived 3%, affecting around 12,900 people locally
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

Healthy life
expectancy at birth is

for females

and 60.7 for males



children in Plymouth (16 and under) have teeth removed under anaesthetic
The rate of dental extractions is over three times higher in the most deprived areas in the city compared to the least deprived


of Plymouth adults smoke

compared to an England average of 16.9%(Tobacco Control Needs Assessment for Plymouth 2017, Public Health, Plymouth City Council, 2017)


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

There are estimated to be around


carers in Plymouth

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


people visit Plymouth each year


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

The Box, Plymouth’s new

£37 million

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


visits were made to Plymouth’s libraries in 2017/18

Plymouth (UK) has been named as the lead city for

Mayflower 400



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

Currently within Plymouth there are nearly

1,440 hectares

of accessible green space

Plymouth has


Local Nature Reserves covering over 250 hectares

and 9 Special Sites of Scientific Interest
Plymouth has


wildflower meadows covering 100 hectares

and 28 County Wildlife Sites


of two year olds are taking up free early education places

which is significantly higher than the national (68%) and South West (75%) take up


of three year olds are taking up free early education places

which is higher than the national (93%) and South West (96%) take up


of Plymouth pupils achieve a 9 to 4 pass in English and maths


of disadvantaged pupils in Plymouth’s schools achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2

compared to 67% of all other non-disadvantaged children
Plymouth has



including 72 primary schools and 16 secondary schools, it also has 109 private, voluntary and independent early years settings and 55 registered childminders


of pupils are in primary schools judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted

And 86% of pupils are educated in secondary schools judged to be at least good


calls were answered by the Plymouth City Council call centre last year

and 121,993 requests were made on the website
The Council currently employs



Plymouth has


ward councillors



of the Council’s budget is spent on providing adult social care

and an additional £3.2 million will be spent on care packages and support for vulnerable children
The Council’s capital programme covering 2017 to 2022 includes

£222.4 million

of projects

A new 10 year Homes for Plymouth programme will bring forward

£146 million

of investment

and deliver the housing commitments in the Joint Local Plan for around 1,000 homes a year


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Published 3 May 2019
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The Smart Menu Project was a project that came out of DATA Play 5. Find out how the project came about and how it’s being used…

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Published 8 March 2019
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DATA Play up for national planning awards

Published 15 February 2019
DATA Play has helped Plymouth City Council reach the final of the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Excellence…

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DATA Play 9 has arrived... playing with library data

Published 26 October 2018
DATA Play 9 was a great success with discussions around open data in libraries and reflection on past challenges…

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DATA Play 9 - Libraries and city challenges

Published 4 September 2018
Join us on 26 October for DATA Play 9 to explore how data and technology can help libraries and city challenges…

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Submissions for DATA Play 8 now closed

Published 27 November 2018
DATA Play 8 submissions are now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted their proposals…

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Published 20 November 2018
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Submit your DATA Play 8 proposal or idea

Published 18 November 2017
Send your DATA Play 8 proposals before the 23 November to be within a chance of winning a budget to take it forward…

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