Socio-economic statistics for Dunston, Staffordshire

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

How many residents own or rent their home in Dunston and South Staffordshire

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census and calculated what proportion of people in Dunston either own or rent their home. All percentages have been rounded to two decimal places. 75.15 of residents own their home either outright or mortgaged. 24.85 of Dunston residents rent their home either privately or through a social landlord.
Area Owned Rented
Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell 75.15% 24.85%
South Staffordshire 74.5% 25.5%
West Midlands 62.8% 37.2%
England 61.31% 38.69%

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

Dunston compared to other wards in South Staffordshire

# Ward Owned Rented
1 Perton East 90.18% 9.82%
2 Codsall South 86.94% 13.06%
3 Perton Dippons 86.24% 13.76%
4 Kinver 80.89% 19.11%
5 Cheslyn Hay North and Saredon 78.65% 21.35%
6 Cheslyn Hay South 78.31% 21.69%
7 Brewood and Coven 77.94% 22.06%
8 Wombourne South East 77.89% 22.11%
9 Pattingham and Patshull 77.31% 22.69%
10 Himley and Swindon 76.94% 23.06%
11 Wombourne North and Lower Penn 76.49% 23.51%
12 Penkridge South East 76.26% 23.74%
13 Great Wyrley Town 75.87% 24.13%
14 Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell 75.15% 24.85%
15 Wheaton Aston, Bishopswood and Lapley 73.95% 26.05%
16 Great Wyrley Landywood 72.9% 27.1%
17 Codsall North 72.84% 27.16%
18 Essington 72.5% 27.5%
19 Featherstone and Shareshill 71.18% 28.82%
20 Trysull and Seisdon 68.74% 31.26%
21 Wombourne South West 68.2% 31.8%
22 Penkridge West 67.86% 32.14%
23 Bilbrook 64.81% 35.19%
24 Perton Lakeside 64.62% 35.38%
25 Huntington and Hatherton 63.69% 36.31%
Dunston is ranked 14 out of 25 wards in South Staffordshire for the percentage of home owners.

Dunston Age Distribution Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 Census and the calculated the proportion of age groups in Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell.
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

Dunston 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 South Staffordshire.
Area Unemployed Yearly Change
South Staffordshire 2.8% -0.2%
West Midlands 5% -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 Dunston 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 Dunston.
Economic Status Proportion
In Employment 53.15%
In Part-Time Work 28.88%
Unemployed 2.87%
71.12% of the people in work, are in full-time employment in Dunston

Dunston & South Staffordshire 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 Dunston in the South Staffordshire local area district.

Dunston has a lower rate of immigrants than South Staffordshire, the West Midlands region and England as a whole.
Area Born in UK Born outside UK
Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell 97.25% 2.75%
South Staffordshire 96.71% 3.29%
West Midlands 84.84% 15.17%
England 82.65% 17.35%

Dunston compared to other wards in South Staffordshire

# Ward Born in UK Born outside UK
1 Featherstone and Shareshill 93.9% 6.1%
2 Bilbrook 95.01% 4.99%
3 Perton Lakeside 95.09% 4.91%
4 Wombourne North and Lower Penn 95.48% 4.52%
5 Codsall South 95.7% 4.3%
6 Perton East 95.72% 4.28%
7 Perton Dippons 96.24% 3.76%
8 Codsall North 96.36% 3.64%
9 Trysull and Seisdon 96.56% 3.44%
10 Huntington and Hatherton 96.77% 3.23%
11 Brewood and Coven 96.97% 3.03%
12 Kinver 97.23% 2.77%
13 Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell 97.25% 2.75%
14 Penkridge West 97.27% 2.73%
15 Himley and Swindon 97.3% 2.7%
16 Great Wyrley Landywood 97.32% 2.68%
17 Essington 97.34% 2.66%
18 Wombourne South East 97.45% 2.55%
19 Pattingham and Patshull 97.48% 2.52%
20 Cheslyn Hay North and Saredon 97.74% 2.26%
21 Cheslyn Hay South 97.76% 2.24%
22 Wheaton Aston, Bishopswood and Lapley 97.84% 2.16%
23 Great Wyrley Town 97.97% 2.03%
24 Wombourne South West 98.12% 1.88%
25 Penkridge South East 98.32% 1.68%
'; Dunston is ranked 13 out of 25 wards in South Staffordshire for the number of residents born outside of the UK.

Dunston Education Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census to found of the level of education Dunston 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 Dunston to the national average for England.
Level Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell England
No Qualifications 17.38% 18.08%
Level 1 10.01% 9.69%
Level 2 15.06% 13.32%
Apprenticeship 6.9% 5.32%
Level 3 15.85% 16.92%
Level 4 31.82% 33.92%

What are the occupations of the residents of Dunston?

The largest employment sector in Dunston is Professional Occupations. The smallest employment sector is Process Plant & Machine Operatives.
Sector Proportion
Professional Occupations 19.99%
Managers, Directors & Senior Officials 19.52%
Associate Professional & Technical 12.61%
Skilled Trades 11.1%
Administrative & Secretarial 9.99%
Elementary Occupations 7.96%
Caring, leisure & Other Services 6.91%
Process Plant & Machine Operatives 5.52%

Dunston Health Statistics

Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell has a lower proportion of residents (=round( $country_health->very_good_pc-$ward_health->very_good_pc, 2)%) describing their health as very good than the national average for England.
Area VG G F B VB
Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell 45.16% 36.4% 13.78% 3.5% 1.16%
South Staffordshire 45.01% 35.73% 13.96% 4.11% 1.2%
West Midlands 46.4% 34.38% 13.54% 4.37% 1.31%
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 South Staffordshire changed since 2011?

South Staffordshire residents who describe their health as either good or very good has decreased by 0.11% between the 2011 and 2021 census.
Year VG G F B VB
2011 45.35% 35.5% 13.78% 4.1% 1.27%
2021 45.01% 35.73% 13.96% 4.11% 1.2%
VG = Very Good, G = Good, F = Fair, B = Bad & VB = Very Bad

What is the population of Dunston and South Staffordshire?

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

Ward Population
Bilbrook 4237
Brewood and Coven 6716
Cheslyn Hay North and Saredon 4536
Cheslyn Hay South 3494
Codsall North 4604
Codsall South 4127
Essington 5226
Featherstone and Shareshill 7533
Great Wyrley Landywood 4837
Great Wyrley Town 6429
Himley and Swindon 2415
Huntington and Hatherton 5681
Kinver 7166
Pattingham and Patshull 2255
Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell 3838
Penkridge South East 4705
Penkridge West 2060
Perton Dippons 1976
Perton East 2127
Perton Lakeside 6374
Trysull and Seisdon 2256
Wheaton Aston, Bishopswood and Lapley 4294
Wombourne North and Lower Penn 6696
Wombourne South East 3909
Wombourne South West 4878
South Staffordshire Total 112369


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