Socio-economic statistics for Higher Town, Somerset
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If you are thinking of moving to Higher Town 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 Higher Town to figures for Somerset and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Higher Town is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.

Higher Town 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. Higher Town has 20% less Higher and Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional households than the national average.

GradeWest SomersetSomersetEngland
AB17.65%21.00%22.96%
C127.43%28.09%30.92%
C228.19%25.85%20.64%
DE26.72%25.05%25.49%

Higher Town Age Distribution Statistics

The population of Higher Town as a whole, is older than the national average. The population of Higher Town is also older than the Somerset average, making Higher Town a older persons location.

AgeWest SomersetSomersetEngland
Age 0 to 44.2%5.4%6.3%
Age 5 to 94%5.2%5.6%
Age 10 to144.7%5.9%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.2%4%3.7%
Age 18 to 247%7.5%9.4%
Age 25 to 294.5%5%6.9%
Age 30 to 4413.3%17.5%20.6%
Age 45 to 5921.1%20.9%19.4%
Age 60 to 649%7.4%6%
Age 65 to 7414.9%10.8%8.6%
Age 75 to 849.7%7.1%5.5%
Age 85 and over4.4%3.1%2.3%
Mean Age47.742.739.3
Median Age514439

Higher Town General Health Statistics

The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Higher Town. The percentage of residents in Higher Town rating their health as 'very good' is less than the national average. Also the percentage of residents in Higher Town rating their health as 'very bad' is more than the national average, suggesting that the health of the residents of Higher Town is generally worse than in the average person in England.

HealthWest SomersetSomersetEngland
Very Good40.61%45.57%47.17%
Good36.40%35.30%34.22%
Fair16.56%14.04%13.12%
Bad5.06%4.01%4.25%
Very Bad1.38%1.08%1.25%

Higher Town Education Statistics

These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Higher Town and are from the UK Census of 2011. Higher Town has a high level of residents with either no qualifications or qualifications equal to 1 or more GCSE at grade D or below, than the national average.

QualificationWest SomersetSomersetEngland
No Qualifications24.8%22.4%22.5%
Level 113.6%13.7%13.3%
Level 216.7%17.2%15.2%
Apprenticeship4%4.5%3.6%
Level 310.7%12.1%12.4%
Level 424.8%25.6%27.4%
Other5.3%4.5%5.7%

Higher Town Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Higher Town come from the Department for Work & Pensions and are dated . They can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and possible indicator of how hard it would be to get employment in the area. The rate of unemployment in Higher Town is both lower than the average for Somerset and lower than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe easier than most places.

BenefitWest SomersetSomersetEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)1.8%1.9%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)2.4%2.2%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)13%11.5%13.5%

Higher Town Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

TenureWest SomersetSomersetEngland
Owned45%37.8%30.6%
Mortgage21.7%31.8%32.8%
Shared0.5%0.7%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)1.2%5.9%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)13.5%7.6%8.3%
Private Rented14%13%15.4%
Other2.1%1.7%1.4%
Rent Free2.1%1.6%1.3%

Higher Town Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Higher Town are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Higher Town has a higher level of residents born in the UK than the national average and a lower rate of residents either born in other EU countries or outside the EU, it does not have a significant immigrant population.

CountryWest SomersetSomersetEngland
United Kingdom94.9%94%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.4%0.4%0.7%
Other EU Countries2.5%2.7%3.7%
Outside the EU2.2%2.9%9.4%



Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.

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