I was at a meeting in Wells the other day where it was stated several times that Bath and Wells was a predominantly rural Diocese. Being a townie I mentally started totting up the populations of the urban centres around Somerset, and soon came to a figure which made me sceptical.
So here's the stats:
Bath and Wells Diocese population 859,000
Weston Super Mare 72,000 (2001 figure, this is much higher now)
Other towns/centres with population over 10,000: Street, Minehead, Chard, Nailsea, Keynsham, Midsomer Norton, Wellington, Wells
Between them these centres have 450,000 residents, just over half the population of the Diocese, and with new housebuilding since a lot of the figures were collected, the population count is probably higher than this.
'Predominantly rural' is true of Bath and Wells Diocese for land use, not true for population.