Socio-economic statistics for Bishopstone, East Sussex

We have collated a series of socio-economic statistics for Bishopstone in Lewes from UK government sources such as the 2021 Census and the Index of Multiple Deprivation. They should give you a broad snapshot of the area and the surrounding locations. Are the residents of Bishopstone older than the national average or younger? What is the population of Bishopstone and Lewes? Is Bishopstone an unemployment hotspot? This page should provide you with the answers.

Bishopstone Unemployment Statistics

Since the introduction of Universal Credit, The Department for Work & Pensions have not issued any statistics (in our view) that can be used to ascertain the levels of unemployment or under employment in the UK, just meaningless geographic counts. However, the Office of National Statistics does publish claimant counts of people receiving out of work benefits, be that legacy Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit as a proportion of people over 16. These figures are usually updated once a month and are for Local Authority Districts and Unitary Authority Districts. So below are the figures of Lewes.
Area Unemployed Yearly Change
Lewes 3.1% -0.6%
South East 2.9% -0.3%
England 3.8% -0.3%
UK 3.7% -0.3%
Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS), Last Retrieved: March 2023
The 2021 census had data on people who were economically active (seeking work) yet unemployed on Census day (Sunday March 21st 2021). These statitics do cover Bishopstone on a ward level. However, it has to be noted that the Census day was during the height of the Covid19 pandemic and therefore are not reflective of normal levels of unemployment. For example, between March 2020 and June 2020 people claiming Universal Credit doubled in most areas of the United Kingdom and then steadily declined up to the day of the Census and beyond. This data also contains the proportion of people in part-time work (working between 1-35 hours per week), which maybe an indicator of under employment in Bishopstone.
Economic Status Proportion
In Employment 43.12%
In Part-Time Work 33.41%
Unemployed 4.24%
66.59% of the people in work, are in full-time employment in Bishopstone

What are the occupations of the residents of Bishopstone?

The largest employment sector in Bishopstone is Professional Occupations. The smallest employment sector is Process Plant & Machine Operatives.
Sector Proportion
Professional Occupations 19.48%
Managers, Directors & Senior Officials 17.1%
Associate Professional & Technical 15.74%
Administrative & Secretarial 11.21%
Skilled Trades 9.34%
Caring, leisure & Other Services 8.61%
Elementary Occupations 6.29%
Process Plant & Machine Operatives 5.49%

Bishopstone Health Statistics

Seaford West has a significantly lower proportion of residents (>5%) describing their health as very good than the national average for England.
Area VG G F B VB
Seaford West 41.24% 36.52% 16.08% 4.94% 1.21%
Lewes 45.58% 34.77% 14.17% 4.3% 1.19%
South East 49.98% 34.01% 11.77% 3.31% 0.93%
England 48.49% 33.71% 12.65% 3.98% 1.17%
VG = Very Good, G = Good, F = Fair, B = Bad & VB = Very Bad

How has the health of residents in Lewes changed since 2011?

Lewes residents who describe their health as either good or very good has decreased by 0.01% between the 2011 and 2021 census.
Year VG G F B VB
2011 44.84% 35.52% 14.26% 4.17% 1.21%
2021 45.58% 34.77% 14.17% 4.3% 1.19%
VG = Very Good, G = Good, F = Fair, B = Bad & VB = Very Bad

Bishopstone Age Distribution Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 Census and the calculated the proportion of age groups in Seaford West.
Age Band Proportion
4 & under
5 - 9 years
10 - 15 years
16 - 19 years
20 - 24 years
25 - 34 years
35 - 49 years
50 - 64 years
65 - 74 years
75 - 84 years
85 years & over

Bishopstone & Lewes Immigration Statistics

We have analysed the Census 2021 raw data on country of birth and compiled immigration statistics as percentages of the population. All percentages have been rounded to two decimal places. Below are the figures for Bishopstone in the Lewes local area district.

Bishopstone has a lower rate of immigrants than Lewes, the South East region and England as a whole.
Area Born in UK Born outside UK
Seaford West 93.89% 6.11%
Lewes 91.15% 8.85%
South East 84.24% 15.76%
England 82.65% 17.35%

Bishopstone compared to other wards in Lewes

# Ward Born in UK Born outside UK
1 Peacehaven West 87.69% 12.31%
2 Peacehaven East 88.73% 11.27%
3 Lewes Priory 88.78% 11.22%
4 Newhaven South 89.5% 10.5%
5 East Saltdean & Telscombe Cliffs 89.6% 10.4%
6 Seaford Central 89.68% 10.32%
7 Lewes Bridge 89.74% 10.26%
8 Peacehaven North 90.2% 9.8%
9 Ditchling & Westmeston 90.73% 9.27%
10 Lewes Castle 91.04% 8.96%
11 Plumpton, Streat, East Chiltington & St John 91.27% 8.73%
12 Kingston 91.58% 8.42%
13 Seaford South 91.77% 8.23%
14 Wivelsfield 92.47% 7.53%
15 Chailey, Barcombe & Hamsey 92.66% 7.34%
16 Seaford North 93.18% 6.82%
17 Seaford West 93.89% 6.11%
18 Ouse Valley & Ringmer 93.9% 6.1%
19 Newhaven North 94.26% 5.74%
20 Seaford East 94.26% 5.74%
21 Newick 94.44% 5.56%
'; Bishopstone is ranked 17 out of 21 wards in Lewes for the number of residents born outside of the UK.

How many residents own or rent their home in Bishopstone and Lewes

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census and calculated what proportion of people in Bishopstone either own or rent their home. All percentages have been rounded to two decimal places. 87.49 of residents own their home either outright or mortgaged. 12.51 of Bishopstone residents rent their home either privately or through a social landlord.
Area Owned Rented
Seaford West 87.49% 12.51%
Lewes 71.12% 28.88%
South East 65.66% 34.34%
England 61.31% 38.69%

Bishopstone has a significantly higher level of home ownership than the national average. This is indicative or an economically wealthy area.

Bishopstone compared to other wards in Lewes

# Ward Owned Rented
1 Seaford West 87.49% 12.51%
2 Seaford East 83.72% 16.28%
3 Ditchling & Westmeston 83.02% 16.98%
4 Newick 78.14% 21.86%
5 Plumpton, Streat, East Chiltington & St John 77.93% 22.07%
6 East Saltdean & Telscombe Cliffs 77.79% 22.21%
7 Newhaven North 77.2% 22.8%
8 Wivelsfield 77.08% 22.92%
9 Kingston 76.26% 23.74%
10 Lewes Priory 74.65% 25.35%
11 Seaford North 74.11% 25.89%
12 Peacehaven North 72.88% 27.12%
13 Seaford South 72.54% 27.46%
14 Chailey, Barcombe & Hamsey 72.44% 27.56%
15 Peacehaven East 71.51% 28.49%
16 Peacehaven West 66.49% 33.51%
17 Ouse Valley & Ringmer 65.52% 34.48%
18 Seaford Central 63.39% 36.61%
19 Lewes Bridge 59% 41%
20 Lewes Castle 56.38% 43.62%
21 Newhaven South 54.22% 45.78%
Bishopstone is ranked 1 out of 21 wards in Lewes for the percentage of home owners.

Bishopstone Education Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census to found of the level of education Bishopstone residents have in terms of formal qualifications as a percentage. The UK government breaks qualifications down into 7 levels. A detailed explanation of these levels can be found here. However, the Census groups these into just 4 \'levels\'. Here are some examples of the qualifications each census level represents when not stated;

  • Level 1 - GCSE grades D, E, F, or G & below
  • Level 2 - GCSE A*, A, B, C or O Level grades A, B or C
  • Level 3 - A or AS qualification at any grade
  • Level 4 - HNC, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree or Phd

In this first table we have compared Bishopstone to the national average for England.
Level Seaford West England
No Qualifications 17.81% 18.08%
Level 1 10.55% 9.69%
Level 2 13.66% 13.32%
Apprenticeship 7.03% 5.32%
Level 3 16.17% 16.92%
Level 4 31.04% 33.92%

What is the population of Bishopstone and Lewes?

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

Ward Population
Chailey, Barcombe & Hamsey 5491
Ditchling & Westmeston 2475
East Saltdean & Telscombe Cliffs 7896
Kingston 2086
Lewes Bridge 5173
Lewes Castle 4332
Lewes Priory 8332
Newhaven North 5135
Newhaven South 8102
Newick 2570
Ouse Valley & Ringmer 6656
Peacehaven East 5504
Peacehaven North 5089
Peacehaven West 5020
Plumpton, Streat, East Chiltington & St John 2338
Seaford Central 5127
Seaford East 4796
Seaford North 5328
Seaford South 4619
Seaford West 4706
Wivelsfield 2750
Lewes Total 103525



Last updated: 20/02/2024, Additional Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.



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