Written by Anonymous Visitor and posted in Statistics

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

Blackley Age Distribution Statistics

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

Age 0 to 47.2%6.3%
Age 5 to 95.7%5.6%
Age 10 to145.3%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.2%3.7%
Age 18 to 2417.7%9.4%
Age 25 to 2911.2%6.9%
Age 30 to 4422.1%20.6%
Age 45 to 5914.3%19.4%
Age 60 to 643.6%6%
Age 65 to 744.9%8.6%
Age 75 to 843.3%5.5%
Age 85 and over1.2%2.3%
Mean Age33.239.3
Median Age2939

Blackley Immigration Statistics

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

United Kingdom74.7%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland1.7%0.7%
Other EU Countries4.6%3.7%
Outside the EU19%9.4%

Blackley General Health Statistics

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

Very Good48.76%47.17%
Very Bad1.72%1.25%

Blackley Education Statistics

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

No Qualifications23.1%22.5%
Level 111.1%13.3%
Level 212%15.2%
Level 316%12.4%
Level 428.9%27.4%

Blackley Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Blackley 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 Blackley 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 Blackley than the national average, suggesting that many people maybe under employed or on a low salary.

Jobseekers Allowance (only)5%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)3.7%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)19.2%13.5%

Blackley Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

Blackley has a lower rate of home ownership (via a mortgage or owned outright) than the national average, which suggests that Blackley is an economically deprived area.Since all home ownership is lower than the national average and all rented accommodation levels are higher than the national average, this also suggests an area of economic deprivation

Social Rented (Council)13.5%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)18.1%8.3%
Private Rented26.9%15.4%
Rent Free1.6%1.3%

Blackley 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.


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

Do you live in Blackley? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

  • SweetnessOfTheMists

    Blackley is most extremely parochial and in a non affluent bubble in that way. People tend to be very unintelligent and uneducated here, and noticably, extremely conformist. If you get out at all, and you are reasonably intelligent and have a mind of your own, you will not get on with this area, unless possibly you are extremely introverted and don’t socialise. It’s oppressive for families and there’s very very little for young people. It seems to belong in the past, so it might suit older people who like to stay at home and do the garden.

  • InLoveWithMyCat

    I own a good sized house in Blackley and have lived here most of my adult life, having grown up here and now being in my late 40s. Living always in mostly owner occupier/mortgaged occupant areas, I’ve never had problems with crime here, I feel safe when I’m alone at home and, within reason, as a woman I feel safe walking about alone near home, (to the shops, library, church, etc), both in the daytime and on dark evenings. Yes, Blackley is a deprived area overall, and it has some lairy parts to live, (mostly in the social housing areas), but it’s non-middle-class-ness overall mostly takes the form of it being quiet. It doesn’t have the aggressive edge a lot of deprived districts in Manchester have – people as you walk around, however poorly they are dressed, tend to seem easy going – and there’s a fairly strong sense of community, particularly around the St Clare’s R.C. church area in Higher Blackley. So, as regards it being quiet, there’s extremely little as regards signs of prosperous spending in Blackley; a dearth of trendy quality pubs, bars, shops, eating places, etc. There’s a small number of middle class and other social class people scattered about, (such as both my immediate neighbours), probably attracted here by the cheapness and quality of some of the houses, (traditionally, Blackley did have a small but solid lower middle class community, and there are some very nice houses – it’s not all small terraced housing and ex council housing), but, there’s not much available in Blackley which gives that demographic a chance to socialise together, with the possible exception of the gym(s) and church, (the local Anglican community is very small, and mostly elderly, although it has an architectural gem in the form of Saint Peter’s church in Blackley Village, a listed building dating from 1844 with more ancient site history, and an intact original interior plus, some pews from a previous church on the site, which date from the 17th Century). However, the adjoining Middleton suburb of Alkrington is, (please forgive me), Victoria Wood and Hyacinth Bouquet land, and has good provision for families, and, the Crab Lane village area of Blackley is quaint and charming – so if you want “nice”, it’s not all bad. I’m a home ed soul and cannot really comment on the schools. As a fairly erudite person who adores the arts, and has literary tastes, talents and interests, Blackley works out comfortably enough for me as a district to live in because I’m happy to live frugally most of the time, and I don’t need to live in a bustling social hub of sophisticated or intellectually like minded people, being quite introverted.

  • stacy

    Absolutly nothing wrong with the area its the idiot from neighbouring areas such as moston harphuhey ect that give blackley a bad rep!!!

    • Marshel Weerakone

      I’ve just moved to Blackley having lived in Withington (South Manchester) for two years. Yes it is true North Manchester isn’t as glamerous as the South however things are changing.

      Blackley has loads of greenery and parks around it, especially Boggart Hole Clough, an awesome park that will take you several weeks just to cover it.

      There are a lot of new build houses being built by Taylor Wimpey, especially on Charlestown Road. There is a good influx of middle class people coming in and the property prices are set to rise significantly as a result of this in the next few years. It’s got good links into town with buses every 10 minutes and local pubs and all the 5 big supermarkets (Aldi being one of the 5!) within a 5 minute drive.

      I would just say remember West Didsbury 15years ago? You wouldn’t recognise it if you went through it then but now its very cosmopolitan. I can’t say for sure but I reckon Blackley will be the trendy secret of North Manchester in a couple years.