About Dorset

Great reasons to live and work in Dorset

Your future in Dorset means not only a fulfilling career but a fantastic place to transform your own life as well as the lives of those you work with.

Dorset is a vibrant and thriving county with a wealth of opportunities. It has large rural areas and a spectacular coastline that forms a major part of the Jurassic Coast Natural World Heritage Site, but Dorset isn’t just picturesque.

It has a fast-growing digital economy and a rapidly developing creative and knowledge industry. Tourism is important to the economy and it has the potential to grow in many other sectors. Dorset is home to thriving market towns and unique villages, an exciting, creative cultural scene and a strong sense of community and identity.

The seaside town of Weymouth is Dorset Council area’s largest settlement and the county town, Dorchester, provides a centre for heritage, employment and leisure. Rural areas surround several market towns, including Bridport, Blandford Forum, Shaftesbury, Swanage, Wimborne and Wareham.

Dorset hosts fantastic sports, music and cultural events each year across its towns and villages - including Weymouth Iron Man and Bestival – bringing visitors and investment into the county.

Dorset is an attractive place for people to settle. The area offers a wide range of opportunities for people of all ages. Although traditionally, many younger people have tended to move away to study, we are encouraging our families and young people to remain in Dorset, where they can have a successful working career, matched with an excellent quality of life in a stunning, and above all safe, environment.

Our older population continues to grow slowly, driven by people retiring to the county and longer life expectancy. The greatest part of the population growth is among the over 65s (currently 28%, compared to the national average of 18%) and we still have a relatively low birth rate.

Currently there are over 7,000 people in Dorset living with dementia and the number is increasing. Dorset’s working age population is expected to see a marginal decline over the next 25 years. This demographic profile presents particular challenges and opportunities which we are rising to, to make sure everyone in Dorset lives their best life.