About Our District

South Somerset

South Somerset forms much of the eastern side of the County of Somerset. It comprises nearly a third of the County with a population of 165,000 and covers an area of 370 (958 km2) square miles. South Somerset consists of a mixture of both sparsely inhabited rural areas and a network of market towns. The rural nature of the area is emphasised by the low population density of 1.7 persons per hectare (the England average is 4.1).

Some key facts about South Somerset from the 2011 census:

  • Population of 165,000 (2015 mid-year estimates published in June)
  • There are estimated to be 72,100 households in South Somerset (2015 mid-year estimates published in June)
  • 70.29% of homes are owner occupied (38% owned outright)
  • The majority of dwellings are detached - 36.6%, 27,750 in number (as in June 2016)
  • Average household size is 2.3 (census 2011)
  • 81.3% of residents self reported being in very good or good health

Click here for the community profile for South Somerset.

The District has 121 parishes with 102 parish and town councils and 39 wards. Parish and Ward profiles are available.

These can also be accessed by searching 'your area' from the homepage.

Parish Profiles

Ward Profiles

Area Profiles

A Place to Visit

South Somerset offers you the perfect ingredients for a country break: a warm welcome, quality accommodation, lovely scenery and a choice of activities and entertainment

You can unwind in a luxurious hotel, cosy farmhouse, traditional village inn or your very own country cottage. Savour award-winning local produce on the menus of many restaurants and a taste of Somerset's famous cider in one of the quiet country pubs.

Try cycling, horse riding or Shanks's pony to explore the beautiful countryside. South Somerset has two country parks to walk and watch wildlife and birds and miles of footpaths. There are two reservoirs with access to the waterside for anglers and many fishing lakes and rivers. Enjoy a round of golf, an afternoon at the races, an evening at the theatre or a day out visiting historic houses and gardens. Discover bustling market towns and pretty villages. Go shopping for delicacies, arts, crafts and antiques, or take a tour on a town trail.

South Somerset is also the perfect base to explore some of the South West's major attractions with Bath, Exeter, Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site all within easy reach.

To find out about places to stay, attractions to visit and what's happening now, go to the Visit South Somerset website.

A Place to Live

Country walks, uncrowded roads, a rolling green countryside, unpolluted air, space to breathe and relax. This is what South Somerset offers. But that's not all...

Yeovil town centre boasts a range of high quality shops: from Marks and Spencer and Laura Ashley to The Body Shop, HMV and Waterstones. For leisure activities, look no further than the Yeo Leisure Park. Opened in 2002, facilities include two restaurants (Pizza Hut and Frankie and Bennys), bowling alley and bar (1st Bowl), a multi-screen cinema (Cineworld) and fitness club and health suite (Cannons)

Small market towns like Wincanton, Chard, Castle Cary and Ilminster add their blend of charm and interest. And if you want to see the cricket at Taunton, the Festival of Bath  or take the family down to the coast at Lyme Regis, all are a leisurely drive away.

Find out more about our market towns.

A Place to Work

Approximately 22 per cent of the working population of South Somerset are employed in either manufacturing or engineering. This compares to 12 per cent in Somerset as a whole and 11 per cent in the South West region.

We are committed to the county-wide delivery programme known as Into Somerset. Recognising that Somerset has a tremendous amount to offer businesses considering relocation, this inward investment organisation actively promotes the county through intensive marketing and promotion.

Find out more about working in Somerset