Economic growth centres | Oxfordshire County Council

Economic growth centres

Information about population centres in Oxfordshire.

Focus for growth

The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership will support and champion nationally recognised areas for growth around:



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Oxford city

Oxford hosts 22 per cent of the population of the county, and also has the highest concentration of businesses and jobs.

Oxfordshire's towns

These play a large part in achieving the county's wider economic objectives. Major towns include Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Witney. Abingdon-on-Thames is also one of Oxfordshire's main towns.

The largest market towns in Oxfordshire are Kidlington, Carterton, Thame, Henley, Wantage, Grove, Faringdon and Chipping Norton. There are a variety of issues confronting our towns and thus realising these, and looking for solutions to help keep our town centres vibrant places to live and work is a priority.

Rural Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is the most rural county in the south east of England and has the lowest density of population. Whilst this offers many a high quality of life, it also creates challenges in providing services and maintaining sustainable communities.

Market town and parish plans in Oxfordshire

There are a growing number of communities across Oxfordshire which have developed community or neighbourhood plans of one kind or another. Plans are viewable on our Community Planning pages.

Last reviewed
29 July 2016

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