Written by Anonymous Visitor and posted in Statistics

If you are thinking of moving to Totnes or just want to know a what the area is like, the statistics on this page should give you a good introduction. They cover a range of socio-economic factors so you can compare Totnes to figures for Devon and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Totnes is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.

Totnes Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Totnes come from the Department for Work & Pensions and are dated . They can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and possible indicator of how hard it would be to get employment in the area. The rate of unemployment in Totnes is both lower than the average for Devon and lower than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe easier than most places. The rate of claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 10% lower in Totnes than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

BenefitSouth HamsDevonEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)1.2%1.6%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)1.6%1.9%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)9.6%10.8%13.5%

Totnes General Health Statistics

The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Totnes. The percentage of residents in Totnes rating their health as 'very good' is more than the national average. Also the percentage of residents in Totnes rating their health as 'very bad' is less than the national average, suggesting that the health of the residents of Totnes is generally better than in the average person in England.

HealthSouth HamsDevonEngland
Very Good47.41%46.10%47.17%
Good34.37%34.70%34.22%
Fair13.32%14.00%13.12%
Bad3.80%4.04%4.25%
Very Bad1.11%1.16%1.25%

Totnes Social Grade & Occcupation Statistics

Social grade is a classification based on occupation and it enables a household and all its members to be classified according to the job of the main income earner.

GradeSouth HamsDevonEngland
AB27.35%21.91%22.96%
C130.15%29.91%30.92%
C224.05%25.31%20.64%
DE18.46%22.87%25.49%

Totnes Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

TenureSouth HamsDevonEngland
Owned42.8%40.4%30.6%
Mortgage28.9%29.8%32.8%
Shared1.1%0.8%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)1.7%4.8%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)9.6%6.4%8.3%
Private Rented12.6%14.6%15.4%
Other1.7%1.7%1.4%
Rent Free1.5%1.5%1.3%

Totnes Education Statistics

These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Totnes and are from the UK Census of 2011. Totnes has a lower level of residents with either no qualifications or qualifications equal to 1 or more GCSE at grade D or below, than the national average. Totnes also has a high level of residents with a higher education qualification (level 4) than the national average, suggesting that the residents of Totnes are better educated than the average England citizen.

QualificationSouth HamsDevonEngland
No Qualifications17.2%21.1%22.5%
Level 112.1%13.3%13.3%
Level 216.3%16.4%15.2%
Apprenticeship4.4%4.2%3.6%
Level 312.1%12.9%12.4%
Level 434.3%27.8%27.4%
Other3.7%4.3%5.7%

Totnes Age Distribution Statistics

The population of Totnes as a whole, is older than the national average. The population of Totnes is also older than the Devon average, making Totnes a older persons location.

AgeSouth HamsDevonEngland
Age 0 to 44.4%5%6.3%
Age 5 to 94.8%4.9%5.6%
Age 10 to145.5%5.4%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.6%3.6%3.7%
Age 18 to 246.4%8.3%9.4%
Age 25 to 294.1%4.9%6.9%
Age 30 to 4415.4%17%20.6%
Age 45 to 5923%20.7%19.4%
Age 60 to 649%7.7%6%
Age 65 to 7412.6%11.6%8.6%
Age 75 to 847.8%7.5%5.5%
Age 85 and over3.4%3.4%2.3%
Mean Age45.343.739.3
Median Age484539

Totnes Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Totnes are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Totnes has a higher level of residents born in the UK than the national average and a lower rate of residents either born in other EU countries or outside the EU, it does not have a significant immigrant population.

CountrySouth HamsDevonEngland
United Kingdom94.6%94.3%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.4%0.4%0.7%
Other EU Countries1.9%2.1%3.7%
Outside the EU3.1%3.3%9.4%



Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.

Do you live in Totnes? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


  • EeeHa

    Totnes is a beautiful place to visit. However, the reality is that the average wage is 20K, and over a 1/3 of the working population earn less than the ‘living wage’ (Devonomics)