Ribble Valley

The market town of Clitheroe is the administrative centre of Ribble Valley with other towns in the district including Whalley, Ribchester and Longridge.

Much of The Forest of Bowland also lies within the Ribble Valley. The area takes its name from the River Ribble which flows through the area in its final stages before forming its estuary at Preston. Ribble Valley’s local population is 57,600 and is made up of 24 wards.






Arts, Culture & Heritage

Only 0.77% of people in Ribble Valley are employed in the creative sector, well below the national average of 2.75%.

Children, Young People & Families

GCSE attainment in Ribble Valley is consistently above regional and national averages.

Education and Learning

Only 18.3% of people in Ribble Valley hold no qualifications, the lowest rate in Lancashire.


The average pre-tax personal income in Ribble Valley is by far the largest in Lancashire, at £30,200. This is £10,700 more on average than residents of Blackpool.

Healthy Living

At 5.6 per 1000 live births, Ribble Valley has an infant mortality rate in excess of the Lancashire (5.1) and England (4.4) averages.

Housing and Homelessness

On average Ribble Valley has the most expensive houses in Lancashire at £231,934 – creating affordability issues for young and first-time buyers.

Local Economy, including Social Enterprises

Ribble Valley has the joint lowest percentage of newly formed businesses in Lancashire with just 22.5% of its businesses being younger than 4 years.

Social Isolation

Only 10% of residents over the age of 60 live below the poverty line – the lowest percentage in Lancashire.

Strong Communities

30% of people in Ribble Valley offer some form of unpaid help at least once a month, the highest percentage within Lancashire.

Clitheroe Youth Forum


Clitheroe Youth Forum empowers young people to become young leaders of the future and to make a positive contribution to society and lead positive, healthy and constructive lives. They do this by planning, organising and taking part in challenging activities that range from outdoor pursuits such as caving, rock climbing, sailing, fishing and including an opportunity to gain Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Thank you

Thanks to Lancashire's Councils for Voluntary Services and Lancashire County Council for their support.

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