About the Vale of White Horse

ying between the Ridgeway and the River Thames, the Vale of White Horse – whose name comes from the oldest chalk figure in Britain dating back to around 1000 BC – stretches from the edge of Oxford to the edge of the Cotswolds.

The district has three historic market towns – Abingdon, Faringdon and Wantage – and also covers Botley, located on the edge of Oxford, as well as the large village of Grove, near Wantage. There are many picturesque villages set in the beautiful Vale countryside.

Only 60 miles from London and with good access links to the Midlands and the Southwest via the M4, A34 and M40, the Vale is home to many cutting-edge businesses and has a thriving economy with a highly skilled workforce.

The Vale is also a popular place to visit, with plenty to see and do. For more information about the many attractions of the district, please see our Visit the Vale website.

Statistics about Vale of White Horse

An estimated 126,700 people live in Vale of White Horse District (mid-2015, Source: Office for National Statistics, next release due June 2017).

Summaries and extracts of Census data and other statistics on the Vale of White Horse on topics such as population change, the economy, travel to work, housing and health are published by the District Data Analysis service here. 

This page also includes data extracts for parishes in the Vale.

Oxfordshire Insight and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Oxfordshire Insight is managed by Oxfordshire County Council and provides access to data on Oxfordshire, including interactive dashboards and maps.  

The updated 2016 Oxfordshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) has now been published.

The JSNA contains information about people in Oxfordshire, which helps us understand their health and well being needs. The JSNA brings together information from sources and partners to create a shared evidence base. It is intended to support service planning, decision making and delivery. The summary report focuses on the headline facts uncovered by the most recent analysis of the data.

Please take a look at the JSNA webpage it includes: 

Oxfordshire County Council has produced an in-depth analysis of the needs of older people in Oxfordshire.

Download the full report and an executive summary

The analysis describes Oxfordshire’s older population (aged 65 and over) and explores many of the factors affecting health, wellbeing, and social care needs. It sits alongside Oxfordshire’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

Guidance on finding data and useful links to sources is available here.

To find out more about Vale of the White Horse and where you live, you can click on the information about your area section of our home page or for more detail about the district you can head to our where I live page.