Key facts: City life

1. Plymouth is made up of 39 neighbourhoods, grouped together to form 20 electoral wards.

2. Plymouth has a current population of 264,200. 46,808 (17.7 per cent) are under 16 and 47,112 are 65+ (17.8 per cent). (2016 mid-year estimate, ONS)

3. Plymouth’s 65+ population is projected to increase by a third (15,900 people) by 2034.

4. 96 per cent of the Plymouth population are White British.

5. Life expectancy is 78.9 for males and 82.7 for females.

6. Life expectancy is 4.4 years lower in some of the most deprived areas of the city compared to the least deprived.

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Key facts: Economy

1. Plymouth currently has an employment rate of 74.6 per cent (aged 16 to 64). (December 2017)

2. 5.7 per cent of 16 and 17 year olds are currently not in employment, education or training compared to 6 per cent nationally.

3. Plymouth’s average weekly pay is £509.20 compared to £527 across the South West.

4. In Plymouth there are 7,100 jobs in marine manufacturing, these jobs account for 21 per cent of the UK’s marine manufacturing capacity. Plymouth accounts for 9.16 per cent of England’s entire Marine Industry.

5. HM Naval Base Devonport (HMNB) is the largest Naval Base in Western Europe and is of vital importance to the UK’s defence capability.

6. The fishing industry brings over £12m in Gross Value Added (GVA) to Plymouth and lands 13.2 per cent of England’s total fish catch each year putting Plymouth in the top 3 fishing ports in England.

7. Devonport plays a vital role in the Plymouth and wider regional economy directly supporting 10.1 per cent of Plymouth’s total Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employment and 14.1 per cent of its economic output. (Gross Value Added, GVA 2017)

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Key facts: Getting around

1. 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.

2. 28 per cent of Plymouth households do not have access to a car or van.

3. Commuting by bus is higher than average in Plymouth, placing the city in the top 20 of authorities for this mode of travel.

4. Plymouth has seen an increase in cycling of at least 50 per cent over the last six years.

5. 449,000* ferry passengers travelled through Plymouth in 2015, making it the UK’s eighth most important passenger ferry port.

6. Around 100,000 non-residents travel into Plymouth to work each day from the surrounding area.

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Key facts: Living and housing

1. Plymouth has 116,690 dwellings of which 2.26 per cent (2634) are vacant.

2. Plymouth has lower levels of owner occupation with 59.5 per cent locally as opposed to 68 per cent regionally and 64.1 per cent nationally.

3. Plymouth has a higher proportion of properties in lower Council Tax bands than average with 67.4 per cent in Band A and B compared to 44.4 per cent across England.

4. The average property price in Plymouth is £172,860. (December 2017)

5. The new Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan makes provision for 26,700 new homes to meet future local housing need.

6. 12 per cent of Plymouth households (13,778) are estimated to live in fuel poverty. (2015)

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Key facts: Local community

1. 22 per cent of residents (adults) volunteer at least once per month.

2. 52.7 per cent of Plymouth residents feel that people from different backgrounds get on well together in their local area.

3. Plymouth is within the 30 per cent most deprived local authority districts in England, one area (found in the St Peter and the Waterfront ward) falls within the most deprived 1 per cent in England while eight fall within the most deprived 3 per cent, affecting around 12,900 people locally.

4. 17.8 per cent of Plymouth adults are over indebted compared to 15.8 per cent nationally.

5. Levels of crime in Plymouth remain relatively low at 67.3 crimes per 1,000 resident population compared to similar areas at 79.63 per 1,000 residents.

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Key facts: Arts, culture and heritage

1. Around 4,965,000 people visit Plymouth each year.

2. 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts.

3. Plymouth (UK) has been named as the lead city for Mayflower 400.

4. The Box, Plymouth’s new £37 million cultural centre will open in 2020 as the flagship building for the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

5. 740,125 visits were made to Plymouth’s libraries in 2017/18.

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Key facts: Health and wellbeing

1. 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 54 per cent of deaths in Plymouth.

2. Healthy life expectancy at birth is 60.7 years for males and 57.8 years for females.

3. Around 850 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.

4. 20.6 per cent of Plymouth adults smoke compared to an England average of 16.9 per cent. (Tobacco Control Needs Assessment for Plymouth 2017, Public Health, Plymouth City Council, 2017)

5. Around 12,000 Plymouth residents over 65 are estimated to have a long-term limiting illness where their day-to-day activities are limited a lot.

6. There are estimated to be around 27,250 carers in Plymouth, approximately 840 of these will be young people aged 18 and under.

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Key facts: Environment and green space

1. Over 40 per cent 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.

2. 32 per cent of Plymouth’s waste is sent for reuse, recycling and composting.

3. Currently within Plymouth there are nearly 1,440 hectares of accessible green space.

4. Plymouth has 10 Local Nature Reserves covering over 250 hectares, over 40 wildflower meadows covering 100 hectares, 9 Special Sites of Scientific Interest and 28 County Wildlife Sites.

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Key facts: Education and learning

1. Plymouth has 99 schools, including 72 primary schools and 16 secondary schools, it also has 109 private, voluntary and independent early years settings and 55 registered childminders.

2. Around 89 per cent of two year olds are taking up free early education places which is significantly higher than the national (68 per cent) and South West (75 per cent) take up.

3. Around 97 per cent of three year olds are taking up free early education places which, again, is higher than the national (93 per cent) and South West (96 per cent) take up.

4. 58 per cent of Plymouth pupils achieve a 9 to 4 pass in English and maths.

5. 48 per cent of disadvantaged pupils in Plymouth’s schools achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2 compared to 67 per cent of all other non-disadvantaged children.

6. 83 per cent of pupils are in primary schools judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted and 86 per cent of pupils are educated in secondary schools judged to be at least good.

7. 58 per cent of Plymouth pupils achieve a 9 to 4 pass in English and maths.

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Key facts: The Council

1. The Council currently employs 2,676 staff.

2. 332,291 calls were answered by the Plymouth City Council call centre last year and 121,993 requests were made on the website.

3. Plymouth has 57 ward councillors.

Find out more about Plymouth City Council…


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... join in the fun

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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Meet Emoti-OS the 'emotive' chatbot

Published 20 November 2018
Find out more about Emoti-OS developed out of DATA Play 6 to give students a voice and a way to express how they feel…

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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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DATA Play 8… the fun continues

Published 18 November 2017
The fun continues at the STEM Hub at City College for day 2 of DATA Play 8 including a talk from Iridescent Ideas…

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DATA Play 8 is here... join in the fun

Published 17 November 2017
DATA Play 8 kicked off to a great start with some really interesting discussions around housing and social enterprise…

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DATA Play 8 – Housing and social enterprise

Published on 11 September 2017
Join us on 17 and 18 October for DATA Play 8 to explore how data and technology can help housing and social enterprise…

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Submissions for DATA Play 7 now closed

Published on 30 August 2017
DATA Play 7 submissions are now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted their proposals…

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