Living in the countryside costs £3,300 more for essentials a year than the national average

20 February 2020

Rural residents found to pay more for everyday essentials than those living in towns and cities


Households in Britain’s rural communities spend over £3,300 a year on everyday essentials than those living in towns and cities, according to new analysis from BoilerJuice Connected.

The figures showed that rural cost of living spend an extra £535 per year on petrol, diesel and motor oil and an extra £561 on cars and vans.

In the UK, around 1.5 million homes currently use heating oil rather than mains gas.

Rural homes also tend to be older, bigger and less well-insulated than urban homes, leading to higher heating costs and higher home maintenance costs.

The average weekly electricity spend was £14.19 for a rural household – £121 more per year than for households.

In cities and the average yearly spend on home maintenance was £180 higher for rural residents.

Lee Cowles, managing director, at BoilerJuice said: “Although living in the British countryside can be wonderful, for many, rural life is a financial challenge – particularly for those on lower incomes.

“Staying connected when you’re further away from urban hubs is part of the problem.

“For example, people in rural areas often have to travel further to get to the shops or go to work, and tend to end up paying more for telephone and internet bills by missing out on deals and services.”


RE: Internet

Concur, country living isn't all it's cracked up to be sometimes. We chose to move into an old farmhouse in Northumberland (still love it) and are totally off-grid (only a copper-wire phone line coming in) - water / electricity / sewage / LPG / oil etc. Currently need satellite to get broadband - guess how much we were quoted by OpenReach....(£101,000 - honest!). Satellite it is, then....wouldn't swap the place for the world :-)

Not to mention lower wages,…

Not to mention lower wages, higher rental costs...

Countryside living

Many dwellings in the countryside use LPG for cooking and heating. Attempting to compare prices and switching suppliers is nigh impossible.

Living in the countryside

And we pay an enormous amount of council tax, yet we’re not near the services we pay for. About time council tax is linked with the two main householders income or abolished all together and paid for out of general taxation which is what it should be, councils should not have to fund elderly and child care.

Council Tax

I agree with Helen, it is now time that council tax was abolished and services paid for from income tax.

Council tax is a tax on ones success, yet again, do well and work hard in the country and our greedy thoughtless government find corrupt ways of giving with one hand and taking what you have earned with the other.

Again I see incompetent dilatory people running this country yet again from ALL parties.

We have far too many taxes and see very little in return.

We will soon see civil unrest like other parts of the world, why do English people tolerate this? In France they would be ripping up the streets and executing the government.

Years ago I lived in the countryside

I bought a little cottage in a village in the Kent countryside in 1991. It had an expensive mini sized food store in the village. However its limited stock was too pricey. The train station was over a rural route of more than 2 miles. At times I cycled this to get on the train to work at a school as a teacher. The bus times were unsuitable for work as the got to these destinations too late. There was a supermarket on the southern edge of Canterbury. Cycling there with food shopping was heavy. At least the food and drink prices were cheaper than in the village. Broadband didn't come to that village until 2005 the year I moved away from it. I didn't pass my driving test until 2010. Now I can get much cheaper shopping as I can drive to 7 different supermarkets. I can walk to my local train station.

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