Socio-economic statistics for Birkenhead, Wirral

Socio-economic statistics for Birkenhead, Wirral
Socio-economic statistics for Birkenhead, Wirral

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

Birkenhead Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

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

Social Rented (Council)5.2%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)10%8.3%
Private Rented14.7%15.4%
Rent Free1%1.3%

Birkenhead General Health Statistics

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

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Very Good46.29%47.17%
Very Bad1.73%1.25%

Birkenhead Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

After the introduction of Universal Credit, the government no longer publishes unemployment figures as a percentage of the working population and has no further plans to do so. They do however publish the number of Universal Credit claimants in every local district council. We have taken the LDC that includes and compared it to the nearest councils. Please be aware that Universal Credit is a in and out of work benefit. Therefore these figures are an indicator of BOTH unemployment and underemployment.

These figures below on the claiming of legacy benefits in Birkenhead are dated . They are the last published statistics of unemployment rates as a percentage of the population. Althpugh outdated, these statistics can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and how hard it could be to get employment in the area.The rate of unemployment in Birkenhead 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 Birkenhead than the national average, suggesting that many people maybe under employed or on a low salary.

Jobseekers Allowance (only)3.6%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)4%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)19.6%13.5%

Birkenhead rates /10 for employment deprivation
Source: English Indices of Deprivation 2019

Birkenhead Age Distribution Statistics

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

Age 0 to 45.8%6.3%
Age 5 to 95.6%5.6%
Age 10 to145.9%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.9%3.7%
Age 18 to 248%9.4%
Age 25 to 295.6%6.9%
Age 30 to 4418.4%20.6%
Age 45 to 5921%19.4%
Age 60 to 646.8%6%
Age 65 to 749.8%8.6%
Age 75 to 846.7%5.5%
Age 85 and over2.6%2.3%
Mean Age41.439.3
Median Age4239

Birkenhead Education Statistics

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

No Qualifications23.4%22.5%
Level 113.7%13.3%
Level 217.3%15.2%
Level 312.5%12.4%
Level 425.3%27.4%

Birkenhead 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.


Birkenhead Immigration Statistics

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

United Kingdom96%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.6%0.7%
Other EU Countries1.2%3.7%
Outside the EU2.3%9.4%

What is the population of Birkenhead and Wirral?

The table below contains the populations figures for each ward in Wirral including Birkenhead. These population ONS figures are estimated are dated Mid 2020.

Bidston and St James16256
Birkenhead and Tranmere16926
Greasby, Frankby and Irby13728
Hoylake and Meols13451
Leasowe and Moreton East15086
Moreton West and Saughall Massie13958
New Brighton15162
Pensby and Thingwall13024
Rock Ferry14751
West Kirby and Thurstaston12543
Wirral Total324336

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

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