Dorset Overview

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The Big Picture

Dorset is a predominantly rural local authority in the South West of England, with a population of around 375,000 people. The housing in the area consists of a mix of traditional stone cottages, Victorian terraces, and modern developments, with many properties having picturesque views of the countryside or coast. The community in Dorset is vibrant, with various festivals and events throughout the year, including the Great Dorset Steam Fair and the Dorset County Show. In addition to this, there are numerous community initiatives, such as the Dorset Volunteer Centre, which offers opportunities for people to get involved in local projects. The quality of local entertainment is also excellent, with venues such as the Lighthouse in Poole hosting a range of performances, from West End shows to classical music concerts. Finally, the local economy is diverse, with a range of employers including healthcare organizations, technology companies, and the tourism industry, which is a significant contributor to the local economy.

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Dorset Population

The population graphic above highlights changes in Dorset’s population over time, while the diversity graphic compares local diversity to the national average, giving a snapshot of the area’s cultural makeup.

Dorset Diversity

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