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

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

GradeWandsworthEngland
AB43.29%22.96%
C131.97%30.92%
C29.90%20.64%
DE14.84%25.49%

Balham Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Balham 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 claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 10% lower in Balham than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

BenefitWandsworthEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)2.6%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)1.7%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)9.4%13.5%

Balham Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Balham are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Balham has a lower level of residents born in the UK than the national average and a higher rate of residents either born in other EU countries or outside the EU, it does have a significant immigrant population.

CountryWandsworthEngland
United Kingdom64.6%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland1.9%0.7%
Other EU Countries9.6%3.7%
Outside the EU23.9%9.4%

Balham Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

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

TenureWandsworthEngland
Owned18.4%30.6%
Mortgage27.1%32.8%
Shared1.5%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)12.8%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)7.5%8.3%
Private Rented30%15.4%
Other1.6%1.4%
Rent Free1%1.3%

Balham Education Statistics

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

QualificationWandsworthEngland
No Qualifications11.6%22.5%
Level 16.6%13.3%
Level 28.4%15.2%
Apprenticeship1%3.6%
Level 310%12.4%
Level 453.6%27.4%
Other8.9%5.7%

Balham General Health Statistics

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

HealthWandsworthEngland
Very Good57.39%47.17%
Good29.95%34.22%
Fair8.89%13.12%
Bad2.85%4.25%
Very Bad0.92%1.25%

Balham Age Distribution Statistics

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

AgeWandsworthEngland
Age 0 to 47.1%6.3%
Age 5 to 94.7%5.6%
Age 10 to144.1%5.8%
Age 15 to 172.2%3.7%
Age 18 to 249.5%9.4%
Age 25 to 2915.4%6.9%
Age 30 to 4430.6%20.6%
Age 45 to 5914.2%19.4%
Age 60 to 643.5%6%
Age 65 to 744.7%8.6%
Age 75 to 842.9%5.5%
Age 85 and over1.2%2.3%
Mean Age34.539.3
Median Age3239



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

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