The New Forest is often called out as being “unique” and certainly in terms of demographics and geographical landscape it is.
There are pockets of poverty and affluence alongside each other and many small rural communities that once were self-supporting have become remote without any active community support services.
Latest data for The New Forest region* shows that:
There is a greater proportion of older households, compared to SE region and England.
11% of ‘usual residents’ describe day to day activities as ‘limited a little’ (SE Region 8%, England 9%)
Single Person Households account for 20% amongst age 55-64yrs and 37% for age 65+yrs
* Census (2011)
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