If you are thinking of moving to Castle 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 Castle to figures for Bedford and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Castle is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.
Castle 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 Castle 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 Castle 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 Althpugh outdated, these statistics can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and how hard it could be to get employment in the area.The rate of unemployment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 Castle is both higher than the average for and higher than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe hard.
|Jobseekers Allowance (only)||3.8%||3.3%|
|Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)||2.1%||2.4%|
|Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)||12.9%||13.5%|
Castle Education Statistics
These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Castle and are from the UK Census of 2011.
Castle General Health Statistics
The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Castle. The percentage of residents in Castle rating their health as 'very good' is less than the national average.
Castle Age Distribution Statistics
|Age 0 to 4||6.4%||6.3%|
|Age 5 to 9||5.9%||5.6%|
|Age 10 to14||6.3%||5.8%|
|Age 15 to 17||4.1%||3.7%|
|Age 18 to 24||8.6%||9.4%|
|Age 25 to 29||6.4%||6.9%|
|Age 30 to 44||20.9%||20.6%|
|Age 45 to 59||19.6%||19.4%|
|Age 60 to 64||5.9%||6%|
|Age 65 to 74||8.1%||8.6%|
|Age 75 to 84||5.5%||5.5%|
|Age 85 and over||2.2%||2.3%|
Castle Immigration Statistics
These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Castle are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Castle 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.
|Rebublic of Ireland||0.8%||0.7%|
|Other EU Countries||6.3%||3.7%|
|Outside the EU||10.5%||9.4%|
Castle 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.
Castle Property Ownership & Rental Statistics
Castle has a higher rate of home ownership, either outright or via a mortgage than the national average, which suggests that Castle is a relatively affluent area.
|Social Rented (Council)||1.8%||9.4%|
|Social Rented (Housing Assoc)||14.3%||8.3%|
Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.