Okehampton Overview Okehampton is a small town, with a population of 7,160 according to the 2011 Census, in the county ...
Okehampton is a small town, with a population of 7,160 according to the 2011 Census, in the county of Devon, South West of England. The town is situated on the northern edge of the Dartmoor National Park and is easily accessible by road, via the M5 motorway and A30 trunk road. Okehampton railway station is served only by ‘heritage’ train services on weekends, bank holidays and certain weekdays, but a regular bus service runs to Okehampton town centre from Exeter, St. David’s railway station. According to Rightmove, the overall average property price is Okehampton is just under £193,000 or approximately 19% cheaper than the overall average property price in Devon as a whole.
Okehampton Job Opportunities
Granted its geographic location, on the edge of Dartmoor, the economy of Okehampton is heavily reliant on agriculture and tourism. Nevertheless, the cathedral city of Exeter is only 30 minutes’ drive away along the A30 and major employers in the area include the Met Office, the University of Exeter and Devon County Council. Construction jobs, manufacturing jobs and IT jobs all contribute significantly to the local economy, but jobs in Okehampton are available in many economic sectors.
Okehampton Employment Trends
The Dartmoor National Park has existed, in one form or another, since 1951, but the designation of the Dorset and East Devon Coast – also known as the Jurassic Coast – and the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape as Word Heritage Sites, in 2001 and 2006, respectively, has led to a revival of the tourism industry in the region in recent years. Tourism aside, rural areas of Devon have experienced a growth in population, due to inward migration and not, necessarily, due to geographic locations. Jobs in Okehampton, for example, include a high proportion of jobs in the financial services sector.