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 projected to increase by a


by 2034
(15,400 people)

Source: Plymouth Report


of the Plymouth population are
White British

Source: Plymouth Report

Life expectancy at birth is

for males and 82.2 for females

(compared to England average 74.4% for males and 79.5% for females)

Source: Office for National Statistics ONS 2017 to 2019

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

(September 2021)


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

compared to 2.8% nationally
12% of Plymouth’s jobs are in the manufacturing industry, far exceeding the 8.3% national average
Furthermore at least


of these jobs are in marine manufacturing, accounting for 21% of the UK’s marine manufacturing capacity
Plymouth accounts for 9.2% of England’s entire marine industry
Plymouth’s average weekly pay is


compared to

£550.10 across the
South West and £586.70 nationally

Source: NOMIS 2020

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 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
The fishing industry brings over


in Gross Value Added (GVA) to Plymouth

Key facts: Getting around

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


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

Key facts: Local community


of residents (adults) volunteer at least once per month

Source: Plymouth City Survey


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

Source: Plymouth City Survey

Levels of crime in Plymouth remain relatively low at


crimes per 1,000 resident population

compared to similar areas at 107.8 per 1,000 residents (2020)


of Plymouth adults (40,000 people) are over indebted

compared to 17.2% nationally and is the third most over-indebted Local Authority in the South West
Plymouth is within the


most deprived local authority districts in England

Two areas fall within the most deprived 1% in England while 28 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 61.8 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 13.9% (2019)

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

Key facts: Living and housing

Plymouth has


dwellings (2020)

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

£180, 730

(July 2020)
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 2018

Key facts: Arts, culture and heritage


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



people visit Plymouth each year

The Box, Plymouth’s new

£37 million

cultural centre opened 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

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

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

Key facts: Education and learning


of Plymouth pupils achieve a 9 to 4 pass in English and maths compared to a national average of 64.9% (2019)


of pupils are in primary schools judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted compared to 79.2% nationally

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


of two year olds are taking up free early education places

which is significantly higher than the national (69%) and South West (77%) take up
Plymouth has a diverse educational estate with



and 174 childcare settings including child minders, school nurseries and private settings


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

compared to 71% of all other non-disadvantaged children

Key facts: The Council



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
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
The Council’s capital programme covering 2017 to 2022 includes

£222.4 million

of projects

The Council currently employs




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

and 121,993 requests were made on the website
Plymouth has


ward councillors


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
Join us on 11 March 2022 for DATA Play 11 to look at how open data and technology can be used to help the climate emergency.

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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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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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DATA Play 10: Past, Present and Future

Published 12 November 2019
Join us on 1 November for DATA Play 10 to look back at past challenges and explore how data and technology can help in the future…

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