Socio-economic statistics for Highfields, Gloucestershire

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

Highfields Health Statistics

Dursley has a lower proportion of residents (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
Dursley 47.13% 34.77% 13.44% 3.7% 0.96%
Stroud 48.63% 34.73% 12.49% 3.31% 0.84%
South West 47.6% 34.21% 13.12% 3.95% 1.12%
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 Stroud changed since 2011?

Stroud residents who describe their health as either good or very good has increased by 0.46% between the 2011 and 2021 census.
Year VG G F B VB
2011 47.69% 35.21% 12.8% 3.35% 0.94%
2021 48.63% 34.73% 12.49% 3.31% 0.84%
VG = Very Good, G = Good, F = Fair, B = Bad & VB = Very Bad

Highfields 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 Stroud.
Area Unemployed Yearly Change
Stroud 1.6% -0.3%
South West 2.5% -0.4%
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 Highfields 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 Highfields.
Economic Status Proportion
In Employment 59.68%
In Part-Time Work 28.4%
Unemployed 2.74%
71.6% of the people in work, are in full-time employment in Highfields

Highfields Education Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census to found of the level of education Highfields 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 Highfields to the national average for England.
Level Dursley England
No Qualifications 14.84% 18.08%
Level 1 10.12% 9.69%
Level 2 13.61% 13.32%
Apprenticeship 5.98% 5.32%
Level 3 18.07% 16.92%
Level 4 34.78% 33.92%

How many residents own or rent their home in Highfields and Stroud

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census and calculated what proportion of people in Highfields either own or rent their home. All percentages have been rounded to two decimal places. 66.38 of residents own their home either outright or mortgaged. 33.62 of Highfields residents rent their home either privately or through a social landlord.
Area Owned Rented
Dursley 66.38% 33.62%
Stroud 72.7% 27.3%
South West 65.88% 34.12%
England 61.31% 38.69%

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

Highfields compared to other wards in Stroud

# Ward Owned Rented
1 Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe 85.71% 14.29%
2 Coaley and Uley 78.34% 21.66%
3 Painswick and Upton 77.54% 22.46%
4 Cam East 76.93% 23.07%
5 The Stanleys 75.77% 24.23%
6 Berkeley Vale 72.03% 27.97%
7 Cam West 70.88% 29.12%
8 Stroud Uplands 68.87% 31.13%
9 Dursley 66.38% 33.62%
10 Stroud Farmhill and Paganhill 65.24% 34.76%
11 Stroud Valley 64.65% 35.35%
12 Stroud Slade 57.05% 42.95%
13 Stroud Central 55.29% 44.71%
Highfields is ranked 9 out of 13 wards in Stroud for the percentage of home owners.

Highfields Age Distribution Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 Census and the calculated the proportion of age groups in Dursley.
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 Highfields?

The largest employment sector in Highfields is Professional Occupations. The smallest employment sector is Process Plant & Machine Operatives.
Sector Proportion
Professional Occupations 20.19%
Associate Professional & Technical 13.63%
Skilled Trades 12.98%
Managers, Directors & Senior Officials 11.58%
Elementary Occupations 10.49%
Caring, leisure & Other Services 8.52%
Administrative & Secretarial 8.44%
Process Plant & Machine Operatives 6.99%

Highfields & Stroud 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 Highfields in the Stroud local area district.

Area Born in UK Born outside UK
Dursley 92.9% 7.1%
Stroud 93.44% 6.56%
South West 89.8% 10.2%
England 82.65% 17.35%

Highfields compared to other wards in Stroud

# Ward Born in UK Born outside UK
1 Stroud Central 85.86% 14.14%
2 Stroud Valley 89.92% 10.08%
3 Painswick and Upton 91.27% 8.73%
4 Stroud Slade 92.23% 7.77%
5 Stroud Farmhill and Paganhill 92.38% 7.62%
6 Dursley 92.9% 7.1%
7 Coaley and Uley 93.1% 6.9%
8 Stroud Uplands 93.29% 6.71%
9 Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe 93.65% 6.35%
10 Cam West 95.02% 4.98%
11 The Stanleys 95.53% 4.47%
12 Berkeley Vale 95.73% 4.27%
13 Cam East 96.16% 3.84%
'; Highfields is ranked 6 out of 13 wards in Stroud for the number of residents born outside of the UK.

What is the population of Highfields and Stroud?

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

Ward Population
Amberley and Woodchester 2149
Berkeley Vale 7320
Bisley 2348
Cainscross 8389
Cam East 4596
Cam West 4077
Chalford 6248
Coaley and Uley 2427
Dursley 7647
Hardwicke 7822
Kingswood 2152
Minchinhampton 4541
Nailsworth 6601
Painswick and Upton 7353
Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe 1979
Rodborough 4458
Severn 5411
Stonehouse 7350
Stroud Central 2181
Stroud Farmhill and Paganhill 2477
Stroud Slade 2501
Stroud Trinity 2162
Stroud Uplands 2106
Stroud Valley 2333
The Stanleys 4634
Thrupp 2359
Wotton-under-Edge 7282
Stroud Total 120903



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



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