A rural county
Oxfordshire is the second least densely populated county in the South East with 2.6 people per hectare compared with 4.7 people per hectare across the South East region [ONS].
As at mid-2015, a third of the total population of Oxfordshire (223,100, 33%) lived in areas defined as “rural” by the Office for National Statistics.
Older people are more likely to live in rural areas than younger age groups. 42% of the population of the county aged 65+ lived in rural Oxfordshire.
West Oxfordshire is Oxfordshire's most rural district. Over half (57%) of West Oxfordshire's total population were living in rural areas in mid-2015.