Socio-economic statistics for Highfields, Staffordshire

We have collated a series of socio-economic statistics for Highfields in Stafford 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 Stafford? Is Highfields an unemployment hotspot? This page should provide you with the answers.

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 Stafford.
Area Unemployed Yearly Change
Stafford 2.6% -0.1%
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 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 54.49%
In Part-Time Work 26.19%
Unemployed 4.89%
73.81% of the people in work, are in full-time employment in Highfields

Highfields Age Distribution Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 Census and the calculated the proportion of age groups in Highfields & Western Downs.
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 Elementary Occupations. The smallest employment sector is Process Plant & Machine Operatives.
Sector Proportion
Elementary Occupations 18.45%
Professional Occupations 13.75%
Caring, leisure & Other Services 11.11%
Associate Professional & Technical 11.05%
Skilled Trades 9.91%
Managers, Directors & Senior Officials 9.3%
Administrative & Secretarial 8.19%
Process Plant & Machine Operatives 8.13%

Highfields & Stafford 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 Stafford local area district.

Area Born in UK Born outside UK
Highfields & Western Downs 89.97% 10.03%
Stafford 92.51% 7.49%
West Midlands 84.84% 15.17%
England 82.65% 17.35%

Highfields compared to other wards in Stafford

# Ward Born in UK Born outside UK
1 Coton 82.6% 17.4%
2 Forebridge 85.98% 14.02%
3 Common 87.03% 12.97%
4 Littleworth 88.49% 11.51%
5 Penkside 89.82% 10.18%
6 Highfields & Western Downs 89.97% 10.03%
7 Doxey & Castletown 90.69% 9.31%
8 Rowley 90.83% 9.17%
9 Weeping Cross & Wildwood 91.75% 8.25%
10 Baswich 91.95% 8.05%
11 Holmcroft 92.27% 7.73%
12 Milwich 92.7% 7.3%
13 Manor 92.93% 7.07%
14 Seighford & Church Eaton 93.25% 6.75%
15 Milford 94.83% 5.17%
16 Walton 95.04% 4.96%
17 Swynnerton & Oulton 95.14% 4.86%
18 St Michael's & Stonefield 95.48% 4.53%
19 Eccleshall 96.14% 3.86%
20 Barlaston 96.27% 3.73%
21 Gnosall & Woodseaves 96.67% 3.33%
22 Fulford 97.11% 2.89%
23 Haywood & Hixon 97.42% 2.58%
'; Highfields is ranked 6 out of 23 wards in Stafford for the number of residents born outside of the UK.

Highfields Health Statistics

Highfields & Western Downs has a significantly lower proportion of residents (>5%) describing their health as very good than the national average for England.
Area VG G F B VB
Highfields & Western Downs 41.91% 35.97% 15.44% 5.02% 1.65%
Stafford 46.78% 35.02% 13.3% 3.8% 1.1%
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 Stafford changed since 2011?

Stafford residents who describe their health as either good or very good has increased by 0.08% between the 2011 and 2021 census.
Year VG G F B VB
2011 46.13% 35.59% 13.23% 3.91% 1.14%
2021 46.78% 35.02% 13.3% 3.8% 1.1%
VG = Very Good, G = Good, F = Fair, B = Bad & VB = Very Bad

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

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. 52.45 of residents own their home either outright or mortgaged. 47.55 of Highfields residents rent their home either privately or through a social landlord.
Area Owned Rented
Highfields & Western Downs 52.45% 47.55%
Stafford 70% 30%
West Midlands 62.8% 37.2%
England 61.31% 38.69%

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

Highfields compared to other wards in Stafford

# Ward Owned Rented
1 Baswich 88.5% 11.5%
2 Milford (Stafford) 87.9% 12.1%
3 Weeping Cross & Wildwood 86.49% 13.51%
4 Rowley (Stafford) 82.28% 17.72%
5 Fulford 81.86% 18.14%
6 Seighford & Church Eaton 81.84% 18.16%
7 Haywood & Hixon 81.68% 18.32%
8 Swynnerton & Oulton 80.76% 19.24%
9 Gnosall & Woodseaves 77.71% 22.29%
10 Holmcroft 75.78% 24.22%
11 Milwich 75.56% 24.44%
12 Walton (Stafford) 75.21% 24.79%
13 Eccleshall 75.13% 24.87%
14 Barlaston 73.45% 26.55%
15 Littleworth 70.39% 29.61%
16 St Michael's & Stonefield 67.71% 32.29%
17 Manor (Stafford) 61.83% 38.17%
18 Highfields & Western Downs 52.45% 47.55%
19 Doxey & Castletown 51.61% 48.39%
20 Penkside 47.04% 52.96%
21 Forebridge 45.54% 54.46%
22 Coton 45.4% 54.6%
23 Common 43.73% 56.27%
Highfields is ranked 18 out of 23 wards in Stafford for the percentage of home owners.

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 Highfields & Western Downs England
No Qualifications 21.2% 18.08%
Level 1 11.84% 9.69%
Level 2 16.47% 13.32%
Apprenticeship 5.01% 5.32%
Level 3 17.99% 16.92%
Level 4 24.16% 33.92%

What is the population of Highfields and Stafford?

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

Ward Population
Barlaston 2860
Baswich 6217
Common 4893
Coton 8841
Doxey & Castletown 4173
Eccleshall 6974
Forebridge 3793
Fulford 6053
Gnosall & Woodseaves 6795
Haywood & Hixon 6704
Highfields & Western Downs 7110
Holmcroft 6735
Littleworth 5866
Manor 7301
Milford 3040
Milwich 7452
Penkside 3994
Rowley 3004
Seighford & Church Eaton 6390
St Michael's & Stonefield 10311
Swynnerton & Oulton 6581
Walton 6700
Weeping Cross & Wildwood 6071
Stafford Total 137858



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



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