This is a regular quarterly bulletin and covers periods prior to the Covid-19 outbreak. However additional analysis has been included where possible to show some impacts of the outbreak. Some additional contextual information on the rural economy and poverty in rural areas has been also included.
In England, 9.6 million people (17% of the population) live in rural areas; 46.7 million (83%) live in urban areas.
Presented below are the most current data available for a selection of economic indicators for rural and urban areas that are released on a quarterly basis. Timescales are different across the various datasets.
The table below compares the most recent quarter to the previous quarter.
Later sections present annual comparisons for the most recent quarter.
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