West Oxfordshire factfile
West Oxfordshire is a rural area covering 71,494 hectares. With around 106,000 people living in the district, it is one of the most sparsely populated of the 67 local authorities in South East England. A third of the district is in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 2% lies within the Green Belt surrounding Oxford city.
- The district has 83 parishes, ranging from towns to hamlets.
- The district's population is spread out over a wide area, however it is mainly concentrated in the towns of Witney and Carterton. Other towns are Burford, Charlbury, Chipping Norton and Woodstock.
- Only 4 towns have more than 5,000 residents and 40% of the total population lives in the District's 2 largest towns: Witney (over 25,000) and Carterton (around 14,000).
- West Oxfordshire has an ageing population and significant change is expected in the age range of its population: an increase of more than 70% in the number of people aged 75+ is predicted by 2026; a declining number of young people, with a forecast reduction of 15% in the 0-15 age group between 2001-2016.)
- West Oxfordshire has a strong economy and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
See economic development.
- Tourism plays a major role in the district's economy, attracting around 3.8 million visitors and around £255 million to West Oxfordshire per year.
See Tourism and the Oxfordshire Cotswolds website .
- The main towns have buoyant markets and farmers markets.
- There are a range of leisure opportunities, some of which the District Council is responsible for providing.
See leisure facilities.
- The District Council provides waste and recycling collections to all households in the district and some businesses. Household recycling collections include weekly food waste, weekly recycling for a range of materials and fortnightly garden waste. The fortnightly garden waste collections alternates with household rubbish (non-recyclables) collections.
See waste and recycling collections.
- Parking at Council-owned car parks is free.
Further facts and figures
Oxfordshire Insight provides a single access point for statistics and information about towns and parishes across the county.
The Council has put together a Census 2001 Results for West Oxfordshire leaflet which contains key facts and figures about population, household information and the economy. The 2011 Census will give the latest information about West Oxfordshire.
Information for the Media
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