Socio-economic statistics for Boscombe, Bournemouth

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

Boscombe Age Distribution Statistics

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

Boscombe & Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 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 Boscombe in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole local area district.

Area Born in UK Born outside UK
Boscombe West 62.63% 37.37%
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 84.52% 15.48%
South West 89.8% 10.2%
England 82.65% 17.35%

Boscombe compared to other wards in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

# Ward Born in UK Born outside UK
1 Bournemouth Central 61.02% 38.98%
2 Boscombe West 62.63% 37.37%
3 East Cliff & Springbourne 65.46% 34.54%
4 Westbourne & West Cliff 70.58% 29.42%
5 Queen's Park 75.14% 24.86%
6 Talbot & Branksome Woods 77.87% 22.13%
7 Boscombe East & Pokesdown 78.93% 21.07%
8 Winton East 80.21% 19.79%
9 Poole Town 81.24% 18.76%
10 Muscliff & Strouden Park 84.47% 15.53%
11 Littledown & Ilford 85.76% 14.24%
12 Newtown & Heatherlands 86.07% 13.93%
13 Moordown 86.24% 13.76%
14 Canford Cliffs 86.71% 13.29%
15 Alderney & Bourne Valley 86.83% 13.17%
16 Penn Hill 87.01% 12.99%
17 Wallisdown & Winton West 87.43% 12.57%
18 West Southbourne 87.96% 12.04%
19 Parkstone 88.48% 11.52%
20 East Southbourne & Tuckton 89.94% 10.06%
21 Kinson 90.5% 9.5%
22 Redhill & Northbourne 90.53% 9.47%
23 Oakdale 90.79% 9.21%
24 Hamworthy 91.32% 8.68%
25 Canford Heath 91.38% 8.62%
26 Christchurch Town 92.01% 7.99%
27 Bearwood & Merley 92.36% 7.64%
28 Highcliffe & Walkford 92.56% 7.44%
29 Creekmoor 92.96% 7.04%
30 Broadstone 93.14% 6.86%
31 Mudeford, Stanpit & West Highcliffe 93.21% 6.79%
32 Commons 93.45% 6.55%
33 Burton & Grange 93.73% 6.27%
'; Boscombe is ranked 2 out of 33 wards in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole for the number of residents born outside of the UK.

What are the occupations of the residents of Boscombe?

The largest employment sector in Boscombe is Elementary Occupations. The smallest employment sector is Administrative & Secretarial.
Sector Proportion
Elementary Occupations 15.54%
Caring, leisure & Other Services 15.43%
Professional Occupations 14.88%
Associate Professional & Technical 10.96%
Skilled Trades 10.16%
Managers, Directors & Senior Officials 9.63%
Process Plant & Machine Operatives 8.72%
Administrative & Secretarial 6.13%

How many residents own or rent their home in Boscombe and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census and calculated what proportion of people in Boscombe either own or rent their home. All percentages have been rounded to two decimal places. 29.38 of residents own their home either outright or mortgaged. 70.62 of Boscombe residents rent their home either privately or through a social landlord.
Area Owned Rented
Boscombe West 29.38% 70.62%
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 62.83% 37.17%
South West 65.88% 34.12%
England 61.31% 38.69%

Boscombe has a significantly lower level of home ownership than the national average. This is indicative or an economically deprived area.

Boscombe compared to other wards in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

# Ward Owned Rented
1 Broadstone 90.81% 9.19%
2 Highcliffe & Walkford 82.27% 17.73%
3 Mudeford, Stanpit & West Highcliffe 81.54% 18.46%
4 Bearwood & Merley 81.17% 18.83%
5 Canford Cliffs 79.79% 20.21%
6 Littledown & Iford 78.8% 21.2%
7 Oakdale 77.99% 22.01%
8 Redhill & Northbourne 77.57% 22.43%
9 Commons 77.2% 22.8%
10 East Southbourne & Tuckton 76.03% 23.97%
11 Moordown 72.95% 27.05%
12 Creekmoor 72.94% 27.06%
13 Penn Hill 71.8% 28.2%
14 Canford Heath 68.52% 31.48%
15 Alderney & Bourne Valley 67.45% 32.56%
16 Parkstone 64.86% 35.14%
17 Muscliff & Strouden Park 64.52% 35.48%
18 Newtown & Heatherlands 64.27% 35.73%
19 West Southbourne 61.83% 38.17%
20 Wallisdown & Winton West 60.61% 39.39%
21 Hamworthy 60.03% 39.97%
22 Christchurch Town 60.03% 39.97%
23 Queen's Park (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) 59.72% 40.28%
24 Burton & Grange 59.54% 40.46%
25 Talbot & Branksome Woods 56.98% 43.02%
26 Kinson 56.76% 43.24%
27 Boscombe East & Pokesdown 53.85% 46.15%
28 Poole Town 47.09% 52.91%
29 Winton East 46.78% 53.22%
30 Westbourne & West Cliff 46.15% 53.85%
31 East Cliff & Springbourne 38.2% 61.8%
32 Bournemouth Central 32.32% 67.68%
33 Boscombe West 29.38% 70.62%
Boscombe is ranked 33 out of 33 wards in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole for the percentage of home owners.

Boscombe Education Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census to found of the level of education Boscombe 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 Boscombe to the national average for England.
Level Boscombe West England
No Qualifications 18.77% 18.08%
Level 1 9.93% 9.69%
Level 2 12.43% 13.32%
Apprenticeship 5.88% 5.32%
Level 3 15.98% 16.92%
Level 4 33.24% 33.92%

Boscombe 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 Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Area Unemployed Yearly Change
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 3.3% -0.4%
South West 2.5% -0.4%
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 Boscombe 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 Boscombe.
Economic Status Proportion
In Employment 58.39%
In Part-Time Work 25.41%
Unemployed 7.47%
74.59% of the people in work, are in full-time employment in Boscombe

Boscombe Health Statistics

Boscombe West has a lower proportion of residents (very_good_pc-$ward_health->very_good_pc, 2)%) describing their health as very good than the national average for England.
Area VG G F B VB
Boscombe West 44.08% 33.74% 14.54% 6.07% 1.56%
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 47.54% 34.11% 13.11% 4.06% 1.18%
South West 47.6% 34.21% 13.12% 3.95% 1.12%
England 48.49% 33.71% 12.65% 3.98% 1.17%
VG = Very Good, G = Good, F = Fair, B = Bad & VB = Very Bad

What is the population of Boscombe and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole?

The table below contains the populations figures for each ward in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole including Boscombe. These population ONS figures are estimated are dated Mid 2020.

Ward Population
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Total 0



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

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