Property for sale in Devon
The local area guide to living in Devon
As the only English county with two coastlines, Devon is famed for its beautiful shores and the complementing scenery. Rolling hills, flowing rivers and stunning bays have become synonymous with the county, and it creates a laidback atmosphere for the local residents.
Yet, however relaxed its present-day environment may be, Devon has a dramatic history, which involves its origins in the land of Dumnonii Celts and its ultimate assimilation into the Kingdom of England.
Fisheries and farms remain an important part of the local industry, but newer industries have made significant headway, with a rise in jobs available in the finance and digital sectors.
Information about the local residents
Devon has a remarkably high White British population, recorded as 93.5% at the last census. There’s also a higher proportion of over 50s in the area when compared with the national average, and fewer people aged 25 to 39.
The total number of residents sits at around 767,400, with the majority of these living in the highly populated areas of Exeter and Plymouth. This means that the population in the countryside is particularly sparse.
Although it’s largely made up of a comprehensive school system, the quality of education in Devon is high. There are a number of schools that achieved an ‘outstanding’ grade in their most recent inspections, including Beaworthy’s Highampton Community Primary School, Exeter’s Ellen Tinkham School and Crediton’s Copplestone Primary School.
Higher education students have a choice between two major universities in the county – the highly regarded University of Exeter and the nearby University of Plymouth.
While driving is popular in Devon, the most enjoyable way to take in the surrounding scenery is by train or bicycle. There are frequent bus and train services around the county, with railway tracks running through charming villages and stunning coastlines, as well as serving the central cities.
There’s an extensive network of cycle routes that lead through the countryside, catering to cyclists of all experience and ability and providing a gorgeous view.
Some of Devon’s most popular draws are its stunning national parks in Dartmoor and Exmoor, its beaches and bays, and the beautiful Jurassic Coast, where a lucky visitor might even discover a fossil.
Many of the other attractions in Devon centre around the major cities – the port town of Plymouth, the student city of Exeter, and the tourist centre of Torbay.
As well as a rich history, Plymouth is home to Drake Circus and the Barbican – two popular shopping outlets, while Exeter’s main retail destinations include Cathedral Quarter and Princesshay Shopping Centre. Both cities have successful sports teams in both football and rugby, and Exeter even has a premier league field hockey club.
The surrounding villages host quaint arts and crafts fairs, and farmers’ markets, with each village specialising in its own industry. From blown glass in Cockington Court, to antiques in Honiton, there are plenty of handcrafted treasures to be discovered.
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