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Living in South Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire is a mix of long established urban communities, market towns, small villages and substantial new development. Characterised by very differing communities with individual needs and aspirations, the diversity of its landscapes and neighbourhoods contribute to a high quality of life.


South Gloucestershire area statistics

South Gloucestershire’s location and its proximity to the city of Bristol present a number of cross boundary opportunities and challenges which are dealt with by working in partnership with the neighbouring authorities of Bristol City, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset.   

South Gloucestershire has been one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

  • 62% of the population lives in built up areas adjoining Bristol
  • 18% live in the towns of Chipping Sodbury, Thornbury and Yate
  • 20% live in more rural areas.

The recently completed Joint Strategic Needs Assessment shows that South Gloucestershire is on the whole a relatively affluent area. Only 16% of local authority areas in England are estimated to be more affluent than South Gloucestershire. However there are pockets of deprivation where health outcomes are less good.

According to the 2011 census 18% of the population aged sixteen and over has day to day activities limited by a long term health problem or disability, which is lower than the England average of 21%. Based on the 2011 census figures it is estimated that there are currently approximately 22,500 people aged 65 or over with a limiting long term illness that limits their day to day activities. This figure is predicted to rise to 33,400 by 2030. Of those aged 18-64, it is estimated that there are approximately 16,800 with a moderate or severe physical disability, a figure set to rise to 18,000 by 2030. From a safeguarding perspective a proportion of people with disabilities or severe ill health will be perceived as at risk as a result of ill health or disability.

The area is served by Avon and Somerset Police Constabulary and a Police and Crime Commissioner.

Services are provided by South Gloucestershire Council unitary authority.

Health services are delivered by South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust, North Bristol Trust and other commissioned providers.

There are three custodial establishments in the area. HM Prison Ashfield and HM Prison Leyhill are both prisons for men and HM Prison Eastwood Park for is women.

Probation and Rehabilitation Services are provided by The National Probation Service and The Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC)