Invest in Cumbria


The below table provides some useful headline figures for businesses looking to invest in Cumbria, with details provided for Cumbria as a whole and each of its six districts. Cumbria boasts some of the lowest operating costs in European Union, with a ready supply of quality affordable housing and broad access to recreational, sporting, cultural and educational services to suit people from all walks of life.


 AllerdaleBarrowCarlisleCopelandEdenSouth LakelandCumbria
Population (2009) 94,300 70,900 104,00 69,700 51,800 103,800 495,000
Working Age Population (2009) 87,619 43,796 66,287 43,805 31,497 61,172 304,176
Employment (2009) 36,665 30,330 54,365 30,016 23,850 49,952 225,179
JSA Claimants (Nov 2010) 1,677 1,508 1,738 1,475 369 718 7,485
Mean Full Time Earnings (2010) £27,027 £26,164 £22,414 £34,290 £18,955 £25,040 £25,220
VAT/PAYE Enterprises (2010) 5,025 2,275 5,165 2,810 4,040 7,060 26,375
Available Employment Land (2009) (hectares) 96.6 48.9 88.8 98.4 38 24.4 398.7
Mean House Price (2nd qtr 2010) £172,370 £112,025 £137,235 £194,473 £209,297 £245,133 £171,445

A more detailed analysis of Cumbria’s business potential, along with what it is like to live, learn and work in the County can be found at the Cumbria Intelligence Observatory website. The Observatory is a team of intelligence and data experts spread across Invest in Cumbria and Cumbria County Council, working with local organisations such as Cumbria Constabulary, and national organisations including the Government Office for North West and the Office for National Statistics.

The Economy section of the website includes the Cumbria Business Survey; District summaries (encompassing people, population & economy); Economic Bulletins, reports, plans and briefings; information on the County’s Gross Value Added (GVA); along with figures on Skills, Learning and Unemployment.

Outside of the economic landscape, the website includes the Census, figures on tourism, housing and households, transport, education and environment, along with the latest studies on crime and disorder, confirming that Cumbria is one of the safest places to live in Britain.

You can also delve into greater detail on economic and other information at a district level thanks to the launch of the new interactive Cumbria Atlas. It enables users to view local data and indicators in a user-friendly format combining maps, tables and charts and to make comparisons with national data and indicators.