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If you are thinking of moving to South Shields 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 South Shields to figures for South Tyneside and nationally. These statistics can tell you if South Shields is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.

South Shields Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in South Shields 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 South Shields is both higher than the average for and higher than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe hard. The rate of claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 25% higher in South Shields than the national average, suggesting that many people maybe under employed or on a low salary.

BenefitSouth TynesideEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)6.7%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)3.8%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)21.7%13.5%

South Shields Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

South Shields has a lower rate of home ownership (via a mortgage or owned outright) than the national average, which suggests that South Shields is an economically deprived area.

TenureSouth TynesideEngland
Owned25.3%30.6%
Mortgage31.8%32.8%
Shared0.4%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)25.3%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)6.3%8.3%
Private Rented9%15.4%
Other1.1%1.4%
Rent Free0.9%1.3%

South Shields 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. South Shields has 20% less Higher and Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional households than the national average.

GradeSouth TynesideEngland
AB13.68%22.96%
C128.56%30.92%
C223.02%20.64%
DE34.74%25.49%

South Shields Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of South Shields are from the UK Census of 2011. Since South Shields 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 TynesideEngland
United Kingdom96.6%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.1%0.7%
Other EU Countries0.8%3.7%
Outside the EU2.4%9.4%

South Shields General Health Statistics

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

HealthSouth TynesideEngland
Very Good42.76%47.17%
Good32.99%34.22%
Fair16.00%13.12%
Bad6.34%4.25%
Very Bad1.91%1.25%

South Shields Age Distribution Statistics

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

AgeSouth TynesideEngland
Age 0 to 45.5%6.3%
Age 5 to 95.1%5.6%
Age 10 to145.6%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.8%3.7%
Age 18 to 249%9.4%
Age 25 to 296%6.9%
Age 30 to 4418.5%20.6%
Age 45 to 5921.9%19.4%
Age 60 to 646.5%6%
Age 65 to 749.2%8.6%
Age 75 to 846.5%5.5%
Age 85 and over2.4%2.3%
Mean Age41.239.3
Median Age4239

South Shields Education Statistics

These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of South Shields and are from the UK Census of 2011. South Shields has a high level of residents with either no qualifications or qualifications equal to 1 or more GCSE at grade D or below, than the national average.

QualificationSouth TynesideEngland
No Qualifications28%22.5%
Level 114.6%13.3%
Level 216.2%15.2%
Apprenticeship6.1%3.6%
Level 312%12.4%
Level 419.2%27.4%
Other3.9%5.7%



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

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