The Welsh Bridge in Shrewsbury, with reflection onto the River Severn on a sunny, frost morning

Shropshire at a glance

The Shropshire statistics

  • Population (2015)
    • 311,400
  • People in employment (2015)
    • 157,100
  • Unemployment rate (2015)
    • 3.3%
    • National average: 5.2%
  • Average annual gross salary (2015)
    • £23,992
    • £3723 less than national average
  • GVA (2014)
    • £6bn+
  • Total number of Shropshire businesses (2015)
    • 15,210
  • Average house price in Shropshire (February 2016)
    • £165,279
    • £267,235 in South East
  • Skilled workforce (date)
    • 36% educated to degree level
  • Population of Shropshire 311,400 (2014, ONS Mid-year estimate) and projected to increase to 326,200 by 2026 (+5%). (ONS SNPP 2012 based)
  • Self-employment levels are high at 12.6%, above the national average of 10.2%.
  • Population of Shrewsbury 71,900 (2011) and estimated to increase by 17% to 84,000 by 2026. (census in 2011, Shropshire Council forecast for 2026)
  • The percentage of highly-skilled workers locally is 36% in Shropshire as a whole. (2015, Nomis)
  • £23,992 annual salary gross for full-time workers in Shropshire in year ending April 2015 – £3,723 less than the national average.
  • Gross Value Added has risen by almost a fifth over the last 5 years in Shropshire to reach more than £6 billion.
  • 73% of 16-74 year olds in Shrewsbury are economically active compared with 70% nationally. (2011 Census)
  • 84% of 16-64 year olds in Shropshire are economically active, compared with 78% nationally. (Annual population survey, year ending Sept 2015)
  • 6500 new homes to be built in Shrewsbury from 2006 – 2026 and a total of 26,000 in Shropshire.
  • 15,210 enterprises in Shropshire provide a total of 114,400 jobs in Shropshire.
  • 11 million visitors a year to Shropshire with a tourism spend of more than £500 million.
  • Affordable housing: average house price in Shropshire of £165,279 compared to £267,235 in the South East (February 2016).

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Whitchurch

Population within 45 minute drive: 700,100

Airport: Birmingham, Liverpool & Manchester

What's available: Industrial & commercial units, land

Market Drayton

Population within 45 minute drive: 1,026,900

Airport: Birmingham, Liverpool & Manchester

What's available: Industrial & commercial units, land

Oswestry

Population within 45 minute drive: 354,400

Airport: Birmingham, Liverpool & Manchester

What's available: Industrial & commercial units

Shrewsbury

Population within 45 minute drive: 469,000

Airport: Birmingham

What's available: Industrial & commercial units, industrial land

Bridgnorth

Population within 45 minute drive: 1,502,600

Airport: Birmingham

What's available: Offices, industrial & commercial units

Ludlow

Population within 45 minute drive: 185,400

Airport: Birmingham

What's available: Industrial & commercial units, industrial land

Man rowing along the River Severn with Theatre Severn in background