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

Balcombe Education Statistics

These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Balcombe and are from the UK Census of 2011.

QualificationMid SussexWest SussexEngland
No Qualifications14.8%20%22.5%
Level 113.4%14.2%13.3%
Level 217.3%17%15.2%
Apprenticeship3.4%3.6%3.6%
Level 313.2%12.3%12.4%
Level 433.6%27.8%27.4%
Other4.2%5.2%5.7%

Balcombe Age Distribution Statistics

The population of Balcombe as a whole, is older than the national average. However, the population of Balcombe is younger than the West Sussex average.

AgeMid SussexWest SussexEngland
Age 0 to 46%5.8%6.3%
Age 5 to 95.9%5.4%5.6%
Age 10 to146.3%5.7%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.9%3.6%3.7%
Age 18 to 246.5%7.2%9.4%
Age 25 to 295.4%5.5%6.9%
Age 30 to 4420.4%19.4%20.6%
Age 45 to 5920.9%20.2%19.4%
Age 60 to 646.6%6.7%6%
Age 65 to 749.2%10.1%8.6%
Age 75 to 846.2%7.2%5.5%
Age 85 and over2.8%3.3%2.3%
Mean Age4142.339.3
Median Age424339

Balcombe Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

Balcombe has a higher rate of home ownership, either outright or via a mortgage than the national average, which suggests that Balcombe is a relatively affluent area.

TenureMid SussexWest SussexEngland
Owned35.5%36.4%30.6%
Mortgage38.8%34.2%32.8%
Shared1%0.8%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)0.5%4.9%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)10.1%7.9%8.3%
Private Rented11.7%13.1%15.4%
Other1.1%1.3%1.4%
Rent Free1.4%1.4%1.3%

Balcombe Immigration Statistics

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

CountryMid SussexWest SussexEngland
United Kingdom90.3%89.9%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.7%0.6%0.7%
Other EU Countries2.9%3.4%3.7%
Outside the EU6.1%6.1%9.4%

Balcombe Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Balcombe 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 Balcombe is both lower than the average for West Sussex 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 Balcombe than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

BenefitMid SussexWest SussexEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)0.9%1.8%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)1.3%1.8%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)6.6%9.7%13.5%

Balcombe General Health Statistics

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

HealthMid SussexWest SussexEngland
Very Good51.80%46.97%47.17%
Good33.98%35.49%34.22%
Fair10.68%12.99%13.12%
Bad2.76%3.55%4.25%
Very Bad0.78%1.00%1.25%

Balcombe 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. Balcombe has 20% more Higher and Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional households than the national average.

GradeMid SussexWest SussexEngland
AB31.74%25.07%22.96%
C135.24%33.63%30.92%
C218.96%21.45%20.64%
DE14.06%19.85%25.49%


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

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