Health and Wellbeing in Rural Areas

'Health and Wellbeing in Rural Areas' is produced by the LGA in partnership with PHE.

Nineteen per cent of the population of England live in rural areas which make up 85 per cent of the land. These areas are very diverse, ranging from open countryside with a scattering of small towns and villages to coastal communities dependent on fishing or tourism, former mining areas and commuter
villages.

One local authority area can contain a number of different rural communities as well as cities and towns and can exemplify health inequalities with life expectancy differing across different groups by up to 10 years.

Because of this diversity, local authorities need to understand in some detail the character of their rural populations and the health issues facing them.

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