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Okehampton is on the northern edge of Dartmoor, on the River Okement. The border of Dartmoor National Park is just south of the town.
Okehampton grew on the Medieval wool trade. Some notable buildings in the town include the 15th century Chapel of St James and Okehampton Castle.
The army training camp on Dartmoor is reached via Okehampton. It is managed by the Army Training Estate and used by a variety of military units including many cadet training units. The Ten Tors event is run by the Army each year in early May from Okehampton Camp.
The A30 trunk road now bypasses the town. Okehampton railway station is on the former northerly rail route from Exeter to Plymouth via Tavistock. The line from Exeter remains open for freight traffic because of Meldon quarry, just to the west of Okehampton. In summer, and at weekends throughout the year, the Dartmoor Railway operates a heritage railway service between Okehampton and Meldon Quarry.
In 1997 Devon County Council revived a passenger rail service from Exeter, on summer weekends only, in an attempt to reduce motor traffic to the national park. At other times the town is linked to Exeter and North Cornwall by regular bus services.
- The population of the Okehampton Devon Town area for 2009 is 26178
- In the last 10 years, the population has grown by 17.27%
- Claimant counts for November 2008 were approximately 55 people
- Job Seekers Allowance for the area reached 0.34% of the working age population in November 2008
- District claimant count figures for 2008 showed a claimant count of 1.16% of the working age population
- The Average income in 2008 for the Okehampton Devon Town area is £30299.43 per household
- Average house price for the area in 2007 was recorded as £249,690.34
- There were 249 year 11 pupils in this area in 2007
- 56.22% of year 11 pupils attained 5 A*-C grades at GCSE in 2007
- There are 250 year 6 pupils throughout the Okehampton Devon Town area in 2007
- 83.9% of pupils attained KS2 Level 4+ in 2007
- For statistical profiles of the Okehampton please click here