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Frome Town Profile

Frome Town Council have commissioned a Frome Town Profile compiled by Somerset Intelligence Network in August 2016. The key facts of the report are summarised below or download the full report:

Key Facts

  • With just under 27,000 residents, Frome is the 4th largest town in Somerset but has the highest population density (p.3)
  • Between 2001 and 2011, Frome’s population growth was below national average (p.3)
  • Frome has a younger population than the Somerset average, with more people aged under 16 than aged 65 or older, but still has an older average population than England (p.3)
  • Only 6.3% of Frome’s population has an ethnicity other than White British, well below the national figure (p.4)
  • Compared with both Somerset and England/Wales, Frome has a slightly higher proportion of families containing dependent children (p.5)
  • 1 in 20 Frome residents live in one of the 20% most deprived areas of England, above county average (p.6)
  • Just over 1 in 10 households are officially in fuel poverty (p.7)
  • Compared with the rest of Somerset, Frome has a relatively higher proportion of children and people aged 60 or over in income poverty (p.7)
  • The median house price in 2015-16 was £211,000, in line with the county (p.9)
  • In 2014/2015, 56% of students achieved 5+ A*-C GCSEs, in line with national average (p. 10)
  • In 2014/2015, Frome’s Key Stage 2 pupil’s attainment  was lower than both Somerset’s and England’s as a whole (p.10)
  • Frome A Level students (or equivalent) are less likely to remain in education and more likely to go into employment or training than their national counterparts (p.11)
  • There are 850 business enterprises in Frome, 72% with fewer than 5 employees (p.12)
  • In 2011, 3,714 more people commuted out of Frome than commuted in to the town to work (p. 15)
  • The proportion of residents claiming benefits is higher in Frome than Somerset as a whole (p.16)
  • There is a high proportion of anti-social behaviour offences within the town (p.18)
  • Males can expect to live until 81, and females until 85, longer than the national average (p.21)
  • 22% of 16+ residents have no qualifications, similar to the national average (p.11)
  • Hospital admissions for self-harm were higher in Frome than Somerset and England (p. 23)
  • Stroke related hospital admissions and deaths are higher than Somerset and England (p.22)
  • In 2014, the proportions of people receiving adult social care services in Frome was above Somerset’s average (p.24)
  • Read the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) describing the current and future health, care and well being needs of the local population.
24 June 2014
Last Updated
16 February 2021