The New Forest District is a unique blend of ancient forest, downland, small towns and villages and rural and industrial landscapes, surrounded mostly by coast and rivers. Situated between the south coast conurbations of Southampton and Bournemouth, New Forest District covers 740 square kilometres. It has 60 kilometres of coastline and a population of 170, 600 (mid 2000).
From the Census data taken in 2001 it was revealed that the district has only a 1.1% black and minority ethnic population. Maps showing a breakdown of the various races and religions, and also age and disability can be seen here.