Shropshire has a population of around 293,400 people, spread over a large area with a density of 0.91 people per hectare, and it is the fourth most sparsely populated county in England. This means that people often have to travel significant distances to reach shops and services. It also makes it difficult to support public transport services
57% of Shropshire’s population live in the main towns and villages. Shropshire has 534 settlements, but only 4 towns have populations of more than 10,000 people.
Between 2008 and 2033, Shropshire’s population is projected to rise by 34,200 residents. Notably, this increase will be entirely based on the significant rise in the numbers of people aged over 65. The population in all age groups up to 65 years old is projected to fall.
The main employment areas in Shropshire are concentrated in Shrewsbury and the larger market towns, with access to employment a greater issue in more rural locations. However, an increasing proportion of businesses are now located on the edge of towns, with business parks in particular attracting businesses which might previously have been located in town centres; these edge of town developments are more difficult serve with public transport.
The information sheets and other links on this page give more information on housing and the environment in Shropshire.