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If you are thinking of moving to Harleston or just want to know a what the area is like, the statistics on this page should give you a good introduction. They cover a range of socio-economic factors so you can compare Harleston to figures for Devon and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Harleston is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.

Harleston General Health Statistics

The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Harleston. The percentage of residents in Harleston rating their health as 'very good' is more than the national average. Also the percentage of residents in Harleston rating their health as 'very bad' is less than the national average, suggesting that the health of the residents of Harleston is generally better than in the average person in England.

HealthSouth HamsDevonEngland
Very Good47.41%46.10%47.17%
Good34.37%34.70%34.22%
Fair13.32%14.00%13.12%
Bad3.80%4.04%4.25%
Very Bad1.11%1.16%1.25%

Harleston Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

TenureSouth HamsDevonEngland
Owned42.8%40.4%30.6%
Mortgage28.9%29.8%32.8%
Shared1.1%0.8%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)1.7%4.8%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)9.6%6.4%8.3%
Private Rented12.6%14.6%15.4%
Other1.7%1.7%1.4%
Rent Free1.5%1.5%1.3%

Harleston Social Grade & Occcupation Statistics

Social grade is a classification based on occupation and it enables a household and all its members to be classified according to the job of the main income earner.

GradeSouth HamsDevonEngland
AB27.35%21.91%22.96%
C130.15%29.91%30.92%
C224.05%25.31%20.64%
DE18.46%22.87%25.49%

Harleston Age Distribution Statistics

The population of Harleston as a whole, is older than the national average. The population of Harleston is also older than the Devon average, making Harleston a older persons location.

AgeSouth HamsDevonEngland
Age 0 to 44.4%5%6.3%
Age 5 to 94.8%4.9%5.6%
Age 10 to145.5%5.4%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.6%3.6%3.7%
Age 18 to 246.4%8.3%9.4%
Age 25 to 294.1%4.9%6.9%
Age 30 to 4415.4%17%20.6%
Age 45 to 5923%20.7%19.4%
Age 60 to 649%7.7%6%
Age 65 to 7412.6%11.6%8.6%
Age 75 to 847.8%7.5%5.5%
Age 85 and over3.4%3.4%2.3%
Mean Age45.343.739.3
Median Age484539

Harleston Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Harleston are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Harleston has a higher level of residents born in the UK than the national average and a lower rate of residents either born in other EU countries or outside the EU, it does not have a significant immigrant population.

CountrySouth HamsDevonEngland
United Kingdom94.6%94.3%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.4%0.4%0.7%
Other EU Countries1.9%2.1%3.7%
Outside the EU3.1%3.3%9.4%

Harleston Education Statistics

These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Harleston and are from the UK Census of 2011. Harleston has a lower level of residents with either no qualifications or qualifications equal to 1 or more GCSE at grade D or below, than the national average. Harleston also has a high level of residents with a higher education qualification (level 4) than the national average, suggesting that the residents of Harleston are better educated than the average England citizen.

QualificationSouth HamsDevonEngland
No Qualifications17.2%21.1%22.5%
Level 112.1%13.3%13.3%
Level 216.3%16.4%15.2%
Apprenticeship4.4%4.2%3.6%
Level 312.1%12.9%12.4%
Level 434.3%27.8%27.4%
Other3.7%4.3%5.7%

Harleston Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Harleston come from the Department for Work & Pensions and are dated . They can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and possible indicator of how hard it would be to get employment in the area. The rate of unemployment in Harleston is both lower than the average for Devon and lower than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe easier than most places. The rate of claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 10% lower in Harleston than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

BenefitSouth HamsDevonEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)1.2%1.6%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)1.6%1.9%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)9.6%10.8%13.5%


Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.

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