D17: Far-Flung Outposts

Inter-dependent households living in the most remote communities with long travel times to larger towns

Type of Rural Reality consisting of 0.45% of households and 0.41% of population

Who We Are

  • Aged 56-65
  • Household income less than £15k
  • No children
  • Owned detached house
  • Very low level of household technology

Key Features

  • Rural areas
  • Named buildings
  • Oil/solid fuel central heating
  • Co-operative membership
  • Electronic money transfers
  • Fuel poverty


Far-Flung Outposts are residents who live in isolated locations. They are predominantly found in Wales and Scotland, often in areas where aspects of the physical landscape, such as mountains and islands, increase the remoteness of the community.

Many residents are in older life stages and single households are over-represented. Though there are some families with children and young people, these are in the minority. Communities tend to be quite settled with people living in the same house for many years.

Property values in these out-of-the-way locations are low and offer homeowners value for money – similarly sized houses would cost considerably more in accessible areas of the country. With plenty of land available, houses tend to be detached and have space around them, though semi-detached and terraced properties also exist. Homes are unlikely to be recently built. About two-thirds of occupants own their home.

The long distances to larger towns mean that residents often depend on local stores, and travel some way to access services. Job opportunities are mostly found in the local economy and wages are low on average. However, these households gain the benefits of living in beautiful locations, with close-knit communities and a distinctive way of life.

In spite of slow broadband speeds, the internet provides access to options not available locally. Residents go online for banking and personal finance and purchase items such as clothing and homewares. They may also make use of mail order options.