Rural facts from the rural UK:
In 2005 the average rural business employed 6 employees. This compares with 16 employees in urban firms.
The three-year survival rate of enterprises registering in 2002 in rural areas was 76% (6% higher than urban districts).
The UK is addressing rural issues with a Commission for Rural Communities. They have just released The State of the Countryside 2007 report. It provides a comprehensive description of social, economic and environmental conditions and changes across rural England. They have done a good job highlighting the main challenges and future trends for government and other organizations.
They have done a good job of dividing the report for presentation on the web, plus you can download the full report.
Here are a couple more facts from the report:
1 in 3 rural households (1.38 million rural households) are ‘workless’, with no adult of working age in work.
Between 2002/3 and 2005/6, rural local authorities experienced a 209% growth in non-UK migrant workers compared with 67% growth in urban areas.
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