Horsham District economic characteristics

Horsham District has a strong local economy, high employment rates and a wide range of small, medium and large businesses with good long-term survival rates. Take a more in-depth look at our District below.

Horsham District residents

The population of Horsham District is 140,142. Around 60% of the population is working age. Horsham District is home to a highly skilled and motivated workforce:

  • More than 42% of residents achieve an NVQ Level 4 or equivalent qualification (Higher Certificate/BTEC)
  • 76% of our population is economically active (employed or actively seeking employment)
  • The unemployment rate is 3.1%, one of the lowest in the country
  • Over 50% of residents are employed in managerial, professional and technical positions


Horsham District offers a safe, stable place to live:

  • Residents are more likely to own their own home compared to regional and national averages
  • Horsham District ranks very low for deprivation, ranking 302 out of 326 local authorities (ONS 2017)
  • The crime rate is consistently low (44 per 1000 population, March 2018)


Across the main villages and Horsham town centre, there continues to be an excellent retail offering which compares favourably with similar districts across the region. Along with major retailers such as John Lewis and Waitrose, Sainsburys, Tesco and Dunelm, small businesses and independent retailers add to the flavour of each area, contributing to high retail occupancy across the District.

Business in Horsham District

Horsham District is a great location for new businesses starting up:

  • There are over 8,000 active businesses in Horsham District
  • Around 87% of these are micro and small businesses
  • 0.2% of businesses in the District are larger enterprises


There are good long-term prospects for businesses in Horsham District:

  • Our five year business survival rate is 49.3%
  • We offer great networking events and training in business development e.g. independent retail training
  • Our commercial premises are 70% cheaper per square foot than premises in London

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Horsham District economic profile

More information on the economic strength of Horsham District can be found within the economic profile. Click the button below to view a copy of the full economic profile of Horsham District.