Socio-economic statistics for Bolney, West Sussex

We have collated a series of socio-economic statistics for Bolney in Mid Sussex 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 Bolney older than the national average or younger? What is the population of Bolney and Mid Sussex? Is Bolney an unemployment hotspot? This page should provide you with the answers.

Bolney Age Distribution Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 Census and the calculated the proportion of age groups in Bolney.
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

Bolney & Mid Sussex 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 Bolney in the Mid Sussex local area district.

Bolney has a lower rate of immigrants than Mid Sussex, the South East region and England as a whole.
Area Born in UK Born outside UK
Bolney 91.33% 8.67%
Mid Sussex 88.09% 11.91%
South East 84.24% 15.76%
England 82.65% 17.35%

Bolney compared to other wards in Mid Sussex

# Ward Born in UK Born outside UK
1 East Grinstead Town 76.62% 23.38%
2 Haywards Heath Heath 79.6% 20.4%
3 Burgess Hill Meeds 80.18% 19.82%
4 Haywards Heath Bentswood 84.25% 15.75%
5 Haywards Heath Lucastes 84.31% 15.69%
6 Haywards Heath Ashenground 84.64% 15.36%
7 Haywards Heath Franklands 86.52% 13.48%
8 Ardingly and Balcombe 88.35% 11.65%
9 Cuckfield 88.37% 11.64%
10 East Grinstead Ashplats 88.7% 11.3%
11 Burgess Hill Victoria 88.81% 11.19%
12 East Grinstead Baldwins 89.07% 10.93%
13 East Grinstead Imberhorne 89.26% 10.74%
14 Burgess Hill St Andrews 89.75% 10.25%
15 Lindfield 89.99% 10.01%
16 Copthorne and Worth 90.06% 9.94%
17 Burgess Hill Dunstall 90.25% 9.75%
18 Burgess Hill Leylands 90.34% 9.66%
19 East Grinstead Herontye 90.54% 9.46%
20 Burgess Hill Franklands 90.82% 9.18%
21 Ashurst Wood 90.92% 9.08%
22 Crawley Down and Turners Hill 91.11% 8.89%
23 Bolney 91.33% 8.67%
24 High Weald 91.38% 8.62%
25 Hassocks 92.3% 7.7%
26 Hurstpierpoint and Downs 92.72% 7.28%
'; Bolney is ranked 23 out of 26 wards in Mid Sussex for the number of residents born outside of the UK.

Bolney Health Statistics

Bolney has significantly more residents (>5%) describing their health as very good than the national average for England.
Area VG G F B VB
Bolney 57.75% 29.73% 8.74% 2.18% 1.6%
Mid Sussex 52.92% 33.07% 10.51% 2.74% 0.76%
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 Mid Sussex changed since 2011?

Mid Sussex residents who describe their health as either good or very good has increased by 0.21% between the 2011 and 2021 census.
Year VG G F B VB
2011 51.8% 33.98% 10.68% 2.76% 0.78%
2021 52.92% 33.07% 10.51% 2.74% 0.76%
VG = Very Good, G = Good, F = Fair, B = Bad & VB = Very Bad

Bolney Education Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census to found of the level of education Bolney 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 Bolney to the national average for England.
Level Bolney England
No Qualifications 11.03% 18.08%
Level 1 8.1% 9.69%
Level 2 14.95% 13.32%
Apprenticeship 4.47% 5.32%
Level 3 17.63% 16.92%
Level 4 41.02% 33.92%

How many residents own or rent their home in Bolney and Mid Sussex

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census and calculated what proportion of people in Bolney either own or rent their home. All percentages have been rounded to two decimal places. 77.37 of residents own their home either outright or mortgaged. 22.63 of Bolney residents rent their home either privately or through a social landlord.
Area Owned Rented
Bolney 77.37% 22.63%
Mid Sussex 72.63% 27.37%
South East 65.66% 34.34%
England 61.31% 38.69%

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

Bolney compared to other wards in Mid Sussex

# Ward Owned Rented
1 East Grinstead Herontye 85.13% 14.87%
2 East Grinstead Imberhorne 84.43% 15.57%
3 Copthorne and Worth 83.32% 16.68%
4 Burgess Hill Franklands 83.09% 16.91%
5 Ashurst Wood 81.66% 18.34%
6 Lindfield 80.76% 19.24%
7 Crawley Down and Turners Hill 80.05% 19.95%
8 Hassocks 79.72% 20.29%
9 High Weald 78.53% 21.47%
10 Burgess Hill Dunstall 77.47% 22.53%
11 Bolney 77.37% 22.63%
12 Burgess Hill St Andrews 75.97% 24.03%
13 Burgess Hill Leylands 73.79% 26.21%
14 Burgess Hill Victoria 73.05% 26.95%
15 East Grinstead Baldwins 72.97% 27.03%
16 Hurstpierpoint and Downs 72.66% 27.34%
17 Cuckfield 72.19% 27.81%
18 East Grinstead Ashplats 69.14% 30.86%
19 Haywards Heath Lucastes 69.01% 30.99%
20 Haywards Heath Franklands 66.8% 33.2%
21 Ardingly and Balcombe 64.84% 35.16%
22 Burgess Hill Meeds 63.98% 36.02%
23 Haywards Heath Ashenground 63.97% 36.03%
24 Haywards Heath Bentswood 61.87% 38.13%
25 Haywards Heath Heath 59.19% 40.81%
26 East Grinstead Town 54.96% 45.04%
Bolney is ranked 11 out of 26 wards in Mid Sussex for the percentage of home owners.

What are the occupations of the residents of Bolney?

The largest employment sector in Bolney is Managers, Directors & Senior Officials. The smallest employment sector is Process Plant & Machine Operatives.
Sector Proportion
Managers, Directors & Senior Officials 26.59%
Professional Occupations 20.57%
Associate Professional & Technical 14.34%
Skilled Trades 11.57%
Administrative & Secretarial 8.17%
Caring, leisure & Other Services 6.86%
Elementary Occupations 4.5%
Process Plant & Machine Operatives 3.46%

Bolney 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 Mid Sussex.
Area Unemployed Yearly Change
Mid Sussex 1.6% -0.3%
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 Bolney 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 Bolney.
Economic Status Proportion
In Employment 59.23%
In Part-Time Work 32.4%
Unemployed 3.07%
67.6% of the people in work, are in full-time employment in Bolney

What is the population of Bolney and Mid Sussex?

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

Ward Population
Ardingly and Balcombe 6628
Ashurst Wood 2841
Bolney 2982
Burgess Hill Dunstall 5192
Burgess Hill Franklands 5020
Burgess Hill Leylands 4624
Burgess Hill Meeds 5043
Burgess Hill St Andrews 5950
Burgess Hill Victoria 6159
Copthorne and Worth 5125
Crawley Down and Turners Hill 7719
Cuckfield 6430
East Grinstead Ashplats 6019
East Grinstead Baldwins 5226
East Grinstead Herontye 4948
East Grinstead Imberhorne 4734
East Grinstead Town 5967
Hassocks 8322
Haywards Heath Ashenground 5776
Haywards Heath Bentswood 6490
Haywards Heath Franklands 5657
Haywards Heath Heath 6025
Haywards Heath Lucastes 7195
High Weald 4865
Hurstpierpoint and Downs 8926
Lindfield 8279
Mid Sussex Total 152142



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



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