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Huntingdonshire has four main market towns: Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots and Ramsey. It is predominantly rural, with village settlements providing the main focus for community facilities outside of the market towns. While Huntingdon is the district’s administrative hub – the District Council is based there – the largest town by population is actually St. Neots
The Cambridgeshire County Council Research Group (CCCRG) mid-2009 population estimate for Huntingdonshire was one hundred and sixty thousand. The population has increased by 5% since 2001 and it is forecast to increase by a further 7% by 2031. Huntingdonshire has the highest proportion of its residents aged forty to sixty four of all the districts. In future, its age structure is forecast to age, with all age groups younger than 64 decreasing as proportions of total population and all older age groups increasing.
CCCRG estimates the number of households in 2009 as 69,300. This represents ten percent growth since 2001 and is forecast to increase by a further eighteen percent by 2031. At one point Huntingdonshire had the second lowest average house prices in the county, though between 2002 and 2010 house prices increased by 84%.
From a positive perspective eighty percent of Huntingdonshire’s working age is economically active and back in December 2010 the Jobseekers’
Allowance claimant count unemployment rate was 2% compared to a national level of 3.5%.
- Life expectancy at birth is higher in Huntingdonshire than in England. The difference is statistically significant for both males and females. Females are expected to live 4 years longer than men.
- Huntingdonshire has the third lowest levels of overall mortality in Cambridgeshire. The most common causes of premature deaths are circulatory diseases and cancer.
- The Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRP) has recorded a 3% reduction in total crime between 2009 and 2010.
- Over the last five years the percentage of pupils gaining 5 or more A*-C grades in Huntingdonshire has increased from 59% to 75%.
- In 2008 Huntingdonshire had the highest total but third lowest per capita CO2 emissions in Cambridgeshire.
- In 2010 there were 7,755 local units in VAT and/or PAYE based enterprises in Huntingdonshire. The technical sector, professional, and scientific sector accounts for the largest number of businesses with 15% of all local units. Analysis by company employee size shows that eighty five percent of businesses employed fewer than ten people, and ninety seven percent employed fewer than 50.