Dorset is a county situated on the English Channel coast in South West England. The county town of Dorset is Dorchester and the county shares borders with Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. The population of the county is around 710,000 people. The landscape includes many rural areas as around half of the population in the county live in the south east of the county. Buying a house in Dorset can be cheaper than in many other areas in the UK. Average house prices are £259,000. The average price for a detached house is £343,000 while monthly rental costs for a property are around £840. more
Over half of Dorset is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The coast along the English Channel is called the Jurassic Coast and is part of England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Jurassic Coast consists of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs, which document over 180 million years of geological history. Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Swanage are popular tourist resorts, although the popularity of low cost airlines is leading to a decrease in the number of holidaymakers choosing traditional British holiday resorts like these.
The main cultural institutions in Dorset can be found in the larger towns in the area, venues like the Lighthouse Arts Centre in Poole, the O2 Academy in Bournemouth and the Pavilion theatre in Weymouth attract lots of people from around the south west of England for concerts, fairs and shows.
The largest employers in Dorset include BAR Systems, J.P Morgan and Bournemouth University. The three large ports in Poole, Weymouth and Portland are important shipping ports and also help generate tourism in the areas.
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|Largest County City:||Bournemouth|
|Population density:||265 / km²|