Socio-economic statistics for Chippenham, Cambridgeshire

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

Chippenham Education Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census to found of the level of education Chippenham 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 Chippenham to the national average for England.
Level Fordham & Isleham England
No Qualifications 17.34% 18.08%
Level 1 9.78% 9.69%
Level 2 13.67% 13.32%
Apprenticeship 7.15% 5.32%
Level 3 17.03% 16.92%
Level 4 32.53% 33.92%

Chippenham Age Distribution Statistics

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

What are the occupations of the residents of Chippenham?

The largest employment sector in Chippenham is Professional Occupations. The smallest employment sector is Process Plant & Machine Operatives.
Sector Proportion
Professional Occupations 18.73%
Managers, Directors & Senior Officials 16.25%
Associate Professional & Technical 14.56%
Skilled Trades 13.23%
Administrative & Secretarial 9.49%
Caring, leisure & Other Services 8.82%
Elementary Occupations 7.01%
Process Plant & Machine Operatives 6.25%

Chippenham & East Cambridgeshire 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 Chippenham in the East Cambridgeshire local area district.

Chippenham has a lower rate of immigrants than East Cambridgeshire, the East of England region and England as a whole.
Area Born in UK Born outside UK
Fordham & Isleham 90.89% 9.11%
East Cambridgeshire 88.19% 11.81%
East 85.09% 14.91%
England 82.65% 17.35%

Chippenham compared to other wards in East Cambridgeshire

# Ward Born in UK Born outside UK
1 Ely East 81.12% 18.88%
2 Ely North 83.35% 16.65%
3 Soham South 85.33% 14.67%
4 Soham North 85.71% 14.29%
5 Ely West 85.77% 14.23%
6 Littleport 87.12% 12.88%
7 Woodditton 88.65% 11.35%
8 Bottisham 89.03% 10.97%
9 Fordham & Isleham 90.89% 9.11%
10 Burwell 92.45% 7.55%
11 Sutton 92.52% 7.48%
12 Haddenham 93.54% 6.46%
13 Downham Villages 94.02% 5.98%
'; Chippenham is ranked 9 out of 13 wards in East Cambridgeshire for the number of residents born outside of the UK.

How many residents own or rent their home in Chippenham and East Cambridgeshire

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census and calculated what proportion of people in Chippenham either own or rent their home. All percentages have been rounded to two decimal places. 70.26 of residents own their home either outright or mortgaged. 29.74 of Chippenham residents rent their home either privately or through a social landlord.
Area Owned Rented
Fordham & Isleham 70.26% 29.74%
East Cambridgeshire 68.03% 31.97%
East 65.23% 34.77%
England 61.31% 38.69%

Chippenham has a higher level of home ownership than than the national average.

Chippenham compared to other wards in East Cambridgeshire

# Ward Owned Rented
1 Downham Villages 78.55% 21.45%
2 Sutton (East Cambridgeshire) 77.89% 22.11%
3 Burwell 76.25% 23.75%
4 Haddenham 74.43% 25.57%
5 Fordham & Isleham 70.26% 29.74%
6 Bottisham 70.06% 29.94%
7 Ely North 70.03% 29.97%
8 Ely West 66.7% 33.3%
9 Woodditton 66.3% 33.7%
10 Soham North 63.03% 36.97%
11 Littleport 62.66% 37.34%
12 Soham South 59.66% 40.34%
13 Ely East 54.83% 45.17%
Chippenham is ranked 5 out of 13 wards in East Cambridgeshire for the percentage of home owners.

Chippenham Health Statistics

Fordham & Isleham has more residents (very_good_pc-$country_health->very_good_pc, 2)%) describing their health as very good than the national average for England.
Area VG G F B VB
Fordham & Isleham 50.76% 33.63% 12% 2.91% 0.7%
East Cambridgeshire 48.34% 35.13% 12.4% 3.26% 0.88%
East 48.28% 34.64% 12.5% 3.58% 1%
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 East Cambridgeshire changed since 2011?

East Cambridgeshire residents who describe their health as either good or very good has decreased by 0.48% between the 2011 and 2021 census.
Year VG G F B VB
2011 48.77% 35.18% 12.09% 3.12% 0.85%
2021 48.34% 35.13% 12.4% 3.26% 0.88%
VG = Very Good, G = Good, F = Fair, B = Bad & VB = Very Bad

Chippenham 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 East Cambridgeshire.
Area Unemployed Yearly Change
East Cambridgeshire 2% -0.2%
East of England 3% -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 Chippenham 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 Chippenham.
Economic Status Proportion
In Employment 62.26%
In Part-Time Work 28.03%
Unemployed 2.17%
71.97% of the people in work, are in full-time employment in Chippenham

What is the population of Chippenham and East Cambridgeshire?

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

Ward Population
Bottisham 5853
Burwell 6420
Downham Villages 3097
Ely East 6101
Ely North 5052
Ely West 10506
Fordham & Isleham 6297
Haddenham 3358
Littleport 10103
Soham North 7931
Soham South 6241
Stretham 6615
Sutton 5566
Woodditton 7032
East Cambridgeshire Total 90172



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



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