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1348: Distinctions between rural and urban England

This paper is taken from the ‘Rural Insight Survey 2011’. The survey is a joint initiative by economic development practitioners Rose Regeneration and Ruralcity Media, with support from the Rural Services Network.

Year of Publication2011

The economies of rural areas are frequently misunderstood because of commuting flows. Wages in rural England are 14% lower than urban. Rural areas are more dependent on public sector jobs than urban. Traditions of self-reliance and difficulties with access to employment services show that rural people are more likely to supplement their low wages without recourse to the state. 2.96 million people work in rural businesses. This represents at least 27% of England’s enterprises; 13% of employment, but only 9% of the country’s business turnover.

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