Socio-economic statistics for Highfield, Wigan

Socio-economic statistics for Highfield, Wigan
Socio-economic statistics for Highfield, Wigan

If you are thinking of moving to Highfield 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 Highfield to figures for Wigan and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Highfield is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.

Highfield Education Statistics

These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Highfield and are from the UK Census of 2011. Highfield 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.

QualificationWiganEngland
No Qualifications27.3%22.5%
Level 115.3%13.3%
Level 217.1%15.2%
Apprenticeship4.7%3.6%
Level 312.2%12.4%
Level 419.5%27.4%
Other3.8%5.7%

Highfield Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Highfield are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Highfield 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.

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CountryWiganEngland
United Kingdom96.5%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.4%0.7%
Other EU Countries1.3%3.7%
Outside the EU1.9%9.4%

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

GradeWiganEngland
AB15.72%22.96%
C128.31%30.92%
C224.40%20.64%
DE31.58%25.49%

Highfield Age Distribution Statistics

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

AgeWiganEngland
Age 0 to 46.2%6.3%
Age 5 to 95.7%5.6%
Age 10 to145.7%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.8%3.7%
Age 18 to 248.5%9.4%
Age 25 to 296.3%6.9%
Age 30 to 4420.8%20.6%
Age 45 to 5920.1%19.4%
Age 60 to 646.7%6%
Age 65 to 749.5%8.6%
Age 75 to 845%5.5%
Age 85 and over1.7%2.3%
Mean Age39.639.3
Median Age4039

Highfield 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 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. Highfield is in the local authority with the highest number of Universal Credit claimants in the area.

These figures below on the claiming of legacy benefits in Highfield 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 Highfield is both higher than the average for and higher than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe hard. The rate of claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 25% higher in Highfield than the national average, suggesting that many people maybe under employed or on a low salary.

BenefitWiganEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)4.2%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)3.4%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)17.1%13.5%

Highfield rates 3/10 for employment deprivation
Source: English Indices of Deprivation 2019

Highfield General Health Statistics

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

HealthWiganEngland
Very Good45.39%47.17%
Good32.70%34.22%
Fair14.72%13.12%
Bad5.70%4.25%
Very Bad1.49%1.25%

Highfield Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

Highfield has a higher rate of home ownership, either outright or via a mortgage than the national average, which suggests that Highfield is a relatively affluent area.

TenureWiganEngland
Owned31.1%30.6%
Mortgage36.7%32.8%
Shared0.2%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)16.2%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)2.7%8.3%
Private Rented10.7%15.4%
Other1%1.4%
Rent Free1.3%1.3%

What is the population of Highfield and Wigan?

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

WardPopulation
Abram15909
Ashton12018
Aspull New Springs Whelley13065
Astley Mosley Common11893
Atherleigh12411
Atherton15786
Bryn11694
Douglas13819
Golborne and Lowton West12050
Hindley13703
Hindley Green11348
Ince14547
Leigh East12811
Leigh South14388
Leigh West15758
Lowton East13338
Orrell12244
Pemberton14893
Shevington with Lower Ground11513
Standish with Langtree12832
Tyldesley14920
Wigan Central12317
Wigan West13457
Winstanley11776
Worsley Mesnes12222
Wigan Total330712



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


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