West Dorset

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West Dorset District
West Dorset
Shown within Dorset
Geography
Status:District
Region:South West England
Admin. County:Dorset
Area:
- Total
Ranked 20th
1,081.48 km²
Admin. HQ:Dorchester
ONS code:19UH
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2003 est.)
- Density
Ranked 233rd
94,730
88 / km²
Ethnicity:98.7% White
Politics
Arms of West Dorset District Council
West Dorset District Council
http://www.westdorset-dc.gov.uk/
Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
Executive:Conservative
MPs:Jim Knight, Oliver Letwin

West Dorset is a local government district and parliamentary constituency in Dorset, England. Its council is based in Dorchester. The district covers the same geographical area as the Dorset West constituency.

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Demographics

In the Census 2001 West Dorset registered a population of 92,350, estimated to be 94,000 as of 2004. The population structure reflects the rural nature of the district. 52% of the population are female. The area is a popular retirement area which also exports young people due the low choice of career options. This is reflected in the age structure, with 12.3% of the population over 75, compared to 7.5% in England; 51.7% are between 15 and 59, compared to 59.1% in England. 34.4% of dwellings are pensioner households, compared to 23.8% in England.

The district is an extreme example of the low ethnic minority populations in rural areas, with 96.7% white British ethnicity, compared to 87.0% in England.

The district has a high level of car ownership, at 83.1% of households compared to 73.2% in England.

Settlements

The main settlements in West Dorset are Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, in the south of the district, an important settlement since Roman times. In the north of the district Sherborne is an important market town which was, for a time, the capitol of Wessex. Lyme Regis and Bridport are tourist towns on the Jurassic Coast in the south of the district.

Settlements with a population over 2,500 are in bold.

Places of intrest

See also


Districts of England - South West England Flag of England

Bath and North East Somerset | Bournemouth | Bristol | Caradon | Carrick | Cheltenham | Christchurch | Cotswold | East Devon | East Dorset | Exeter | Forest of Dean | Gloucester | Isles of Scilly | Kennet | Kerrier | Mendip | Mid Devon | North Cornwall | North Devon | North Dorset | North Somerset | North Wiltshire | Penwith | Plymouth | Poole | Purbeck | Restormel | Salisbury | Sedgemoor | South Gloucestershire | South Hams | South Somerset | Stroud | Swindon | Taunton Deane | Teignbridge | Tewkesbury | Torbay | Torridge | West Devon | West Dorset | West Somerset | West Wiltshire | Weymouth and Portland

Administrative counties with multiple districts: Cornwall - Devon - Dorset - Gloucestershire - Somerset - Wiltshire


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