Hampshire Facts and Figures

Key Facts about Hampshire and Hampshire County Council

More detailed information can be found on other pages within Hampshire Facts and Figures;  Tourism Facts and Figures; Open Data; Financial and Budget information.

People / Politics/ Place/ Economy/ Children's services / Adult services/ Transport/ Waste Management/ Tourism/ Services and resources


  • The population of Hampshire is 1.32 million (2011 Census), a 6.3% increase since 2001 and slightly lower than the national increase (7.8%)
  • Including Portsmouth and Southampton the population is 1.76 million
  • Hampshire is the third most populous county in England and is home to one in seven of people in the South East region (excluding London)
  • The population aged 65 and over in Hampshire increased by 21% between 2001 and 2011, nearly double the national increase (11%)
  • Hampshire County Council employs over 37,000 staff in a range of full and part-time positions (including school-based staff)


  • The County Council has 78 councillors: 46 are Conservative; 16 are Liberal Democrats; 9 are UK Independence Party, 4 are Labour Party, and the Community Campaign (Hart), and two councillors of no affiliation each hold one seat.
  • Hampshire has 18 Members of Parliament: 17 Conservatives and one Labour.


  • Hampshire is in the top ten of the largest counties by land area, covering approximately 1,400 square miles
  • The largest towns in Hampshire are Havant, Basingstoke, Gosport, Eastleigh and Winchester
  • 85% of Hampshire is defined as rural and over a third of the county’s area is within National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Hampshire has 11 district councils, 261 parish and town councils and 545,000 households, of which 71% are owner-occupied (2011 Census)


  • The Hampshire (county) economy is worth approximately £33.8 billion; £44.5 billion including Portsmouth and Southampton (ONS)
  • Hampshire (county) has 62,000 businesses and approximately 684,100 people in work, of whom 80,000 work from home, 186,800 work part-time and 97,100 are self-employed (ONS)
  • 0.9% of 16 to 64 year-olds in Hampshire (County), claimed unemployment benefit in February 2015 (ONS)
  • The County Council's budgeted gross expenditure in 2015/16 is approximately £1.9 billion

Children's services

  • There are 486 Local Authority maintained schools in Hampshire (excluding Portsmouth and Southampton) and 47 academies (Spring 2016)
  • The County Council teaches around 137,000 pupils in its maintained schools with an additional 36,000 pupils in academies (Spring 2016)
  • One in every 46 children educated in England is taught in Hampshire (Spring 2016)
  • Approximately 8,770 teachers are employed in Hampshire schools
  • The County Council has around 9,000 children and family clients at any point in time
  • The County Council has responsibility for 54 children’s centres with services offered at 81 geographical locations’ across the county
  • Within the Hampshire Private Voluntary and Independent (PVI) sector there 661 group settings and 670 childminders approved to deliver early years education
  • Early Years education is delivered by the PVI sector to 21000+ children aged 3 and 4 and 2500+ two year olds

Adult services

  • The County Council runs social care services from a range of  locations, teams and units around the county, including residential homes, day centres, community mental health teams, hospitals and resource units
  • Hampshire County Council is contacted approximately 95,000 times a year by people needing care advice, information and support
  • The County Council runs 10 nursing homes
  • In 2012/13 Adult Services provided approximately 24,000 long-term social care services
  • The County Council supports 3,200 adults with learning disabilities and 1,000 people with visual and/or hearing impairment
  • One in eight households in Hampshire is occupied by a pensioner living alone, and 10% of people in Hampshire provide unpaid care (2011 census)


  • Hampshire has 5,300 miles (8,600 kilometres) of road and 193 miles (310 kilometres) of railway track, incorporating 49 stations
  • Approximately £60 million a year is spent maintaining Hampshire's highways and pavements
  • 150,000 street lights and illuminated signs and bollards are currently being replaced or upgraded in the first 5 years of a 25-year, £120m private finance initiative
  • In Hampshire there are 30 commercial bus operators providing around 300 bus services
  • Hampshire has more cars than any other county and two-thirds of commuters in Hampshire travel by car (2011 Census)

Waste Management

  • The total Household Waste Collected figure for Hampshire in 2013/2014 was 600,958.2 tonnes.
  • The 24 Hampshire Waste Recycling Centres recycle, reuse, compost and recoverenergy from 83.72% of the material brought in by 4 million visitors each year
  • In 2013/14 93.83% of all household waste in Hampshire’s was diverted from landfill


  • Tourism is worth almost £3 billion annually to the Hampshire economy
  • Each year Hampshire is visited by 4.6 million staying visitors and a further 48 million day visitors

Services and resources

  • The county council runs 45 libraries and three Discovery Centres across Hampshire, and supports five community libraries. There are 6.1 million visits every year and 7.1 million books, CDs, DVDs, eBooks magazines and games are issued annually
  • Hampshire County Council is responsible for over 80 countryside sites covering 8,316.6 acres (3,365,6 hectares) 7 major Country Parks, 5 National Nature Reserves, 31 Local Nature Reserves, 56 sites with National and International designations, 2,859 miles of Public Rights of Way (4,600 km) which equates to 7232 Public Rights of Way, Scheduled Ancient Monuments 24, Listed Buildings 39
  • Each year Hampshire County Council's Registration Service registers 16,000 births and deaths and conducts over 5,000 ceremonies
  • In 2011/12 Hampshire Trading Standards received 27,000 enquiries from consumers and businesses
  • The Hampshire Pension Fund invests contributions made by 51,000 contributors and around 300 employers, and pays pensions and benefits to 33,000 retired employees. Over half of the Fund’s members are from other employers than Hampshire County Council.

Information as at April 2015