Socio-economic statistics for Alston, Devon
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If you are thinking of moving to Alston 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 Alston to figures for Devon and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Alston is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.

Alston 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.

GradeEast DevonDevonEngland
AB23.00%21.91%22.96%
C130.60%29.91%30.92%
C225.25%25.31%20.64%
DE21.15%22.87%25.49%

Alston Education Statistics

These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Alston and are from the UK Census of 2011. Alston 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. Alston also has a high level of residents with a higher education qualification (level 4) than the national average, suggesting that the residents of Alston are better educated than the average England citizen.

QualificationEast DevonDevonEngland
No Qualifications21.1%21.1%22.5%
Level 113.1%13.3%13.3%
Level 217%16.4%15.2%
Apprenticeship4.1%4.2%3.6%
Level 311.3%12.9%12.4%
Level 429.1%27.8%27.4%
Other4.3%4.3%5.7%

Alston Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Alston 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 Alston 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 Alston than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

BenefitEast DevonDevonEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)1.2%1.6%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)1.7%1.9%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)9.4%10.8%13.5%

Alston Age Distribution Statistics

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

AgeEast DevonDevonEngland
Age 0 to 44.4%5%6.3%
Age 5 to 94.5%4.9%5.6%
Age 10 to145.3%5.4%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.5%3.6%3.7%
Age 18 to 246.2%8.3%9.4%
Age 25 to 293.9%4.9%6.9%
Age 30 to 4415.5%17%20.6%
Age 45 to 5920.1%20.7%19.4%
Age 60 to 648.2%7.7%6%
Age 65 to 7413.7%11.6%8.6%
Age 75 to 849.7%7.5%5.5%
Age 85 and over4.8%3.4%2.3%
Mean Age46.943.739.3
Median Age494539

Alston Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

TenureEast DevonDevonEngland
Owned47.1%40.4%30.6%
Mortgage27.8%29.8%32.8%
Shared0.5%0.8%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)6.6%4.8%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)2.7%6.4%8.3%
Private Rented11.9%14.6%15.4%
Other1.7%1.7%1.4%
Rent Free1.5%1.5%1.3%

Alston General Health Statistics

The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Alston. The percentage of residents in Alston rating their health as 'very good' is less than the national average.

HealthEast DevonDevonEngland
Very Good43.79%46.10%47.17%
Good36.02%34.70%34.22%
Fair15.07%14.00%13.12%
Bad3.99%4.04%4.25%
Very Bad1.13%1.16%1.25%

Alston Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Alston are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Alston 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.

CountryEast DevonDevonEngland
United Kingdom95.1%94.3%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.4%0.4%0.7%
Other EU Countries1.7%2.1%3.7%
Outside the EU2.8%3.3%9.4%



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

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