Socio-economic statistics for Highlands, Dorset

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

Highlands Health Statistics

Bridport 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
Bridport 40.08% 38.12% 15.73% 4.64% 1.43%
Dorset 44.88% 35.79% 14.23% 4% 1.1%
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

What are the occupations of the residents of Highlands?

The largest employment sector in Highlands is Skilled Trades. The smallest employment sector is Process Plant & Machine Operatives.
Sector Proportion
Skilled Trades 16.72%
Professional Occupations 14.04%
Managers, Directors & Senior Officials 13.81%
Elementary Occupations 11.06%
Associate Professional & Technical 10.83%
Caring, leisure & Other Services 10.68%
Administrative & Secretarial 8.22%
Process Plant & Machine Operatives 5.64%

How many residents own or rent their home in Highlands and Dorset

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census and calculated what proportion of people in Highlands either own or rent their home. All percentages have been rounded to two decimal places. 66.37 of residents own their home either outright or mortgaged. 33.63 of Highlands residents rent their home either privately or through a social landlord.
Area Owned Rented
Bridport 66.37% 33.63%
Dorset 70.4% 29.6%
South West 65.88% 34.12%
England 61.31% 38.69%

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

Highlands compared to other wards in Dorset

# Ward Owned Rented
1 West Parley 90.7% 9.3%
2 St Leonards & St Ives 88.06% 11.94%
3 Colehill & Wimborne Minster East 84.35% 15.65%
4 Verwood 82.46% 17.54%
5 Corfe Mullen 82.39% 17.61%
6 Ferndown North 82.24% 17.76%
7 West Moors & Three Legged Cross 80.75% 19.25%
8 Beacon (Dorset) 79.25% 20.75%
9 Upwey & Broadwey 78.41% 21.59%
10 Ferndown South 76.96% 23.04%
11 Marshwood Vale 76.57% 23.43%
12 Lytchett Matravers & Upton 75.68% 24.32%
13 Stalbridge & Marnhull 74.95% 25.05%
14 Winterborne & Broadmayne 73.99% 26.01%
15 Crossways 73.96% 26.04%
16 Blackmore Vale 73.85% 26.15%
17 Cranborne & Alderholt 73.37% 26.63%
18 Gillingham 72.45% 27.55%
19 Yetminster 72.41% 27.59%
20 Hill Forts & Upper Tarrants 72.4% 27.6%
21 Stour & Allen Vale 72.34% 27.66%
22 Chickerell 72.09% 27.91%
23 Chesil Bank 71.95% 28.05%
24 Chalk Valleys 71.48% 28.52%
25 Charminster St Mary's 71.27% 28.73%
26 Winterborne North 71.22% 28.78%
27 Puddletown & Lower Winterborne 70.97% 29.04%
28 Radipole 70.83% 29.17%
29 Sherborne Rural 70.72% 29.28%
30 Lyme & Charmouth 70.62% 29.38%
31 Wareham 70.5% 29.5%
32 Littlemoor & Preston 70.5% 29.5%
33 Eggardon 70.49% 29.51%
34 Swanage 69.69% 30.31%
35 Beaminster 67.34% 32.67%
36 South East Purbeck 67.08% 32.92%
37 Dorchester East 67.07% 32.93%
38 Rodwell & Wyke 66.9% 33.1%
39 Bridport 66.37% 33.63%
40 Portland (Dorset) 64.94% 35.06%
41 Sturminster Newton 63.96% 36.04%
42 Blandford 63.21% 36.79%
43 Sherborne East 63.01% 36.99%
44 Shaftesbury Town 62.62% 37.38%
45 Dorchester West 62.2% 37.8%
46 West Purbeck 59.72% 40.28%
47 Sherborne West 58.7% 41.3%
48 Wimborne Minster 57.87% 42.13%
49 Westham 57.44% 42.56%
50 Dorchester Poundbury 56.32% 43.68%
51 Cranborne Chase 55.27% 44.73%
52 Melcombe Regis 42.6% 57.4%
Highlands is ranked 39 out of 52 wards in Dorset for the percentage of home owners.

Highlands & Dorset 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 Highlands in the Dorset local area district.

Highlands has a lower rate of immigrants than Dorset, the South West region and England as a whole.
Area Born in UK Born outside UK
Bridport 94.05% 5.95%
Dorset 93.49% 6.51%
South West 89.8% 10.2%
England 82.65% 17.35%

Highlands compared to other wards in Dorset

# Ward Born in UK Born outside UK
1 Melcombe Regis 85.46% 14.54%
2 Cranborne Chase 86.53% 13.47%
3 Sturminster Newton 87.83% 12.17%
4 Dorchester Poundbury 89.34% 10.66%
5 Dorchester West 90.02% 9.98%
6 Sherborne East 90.56% 9.44%
7 Beacon 90.75% 9.25%
8 Sherborne West 91.26% 8.74%
9 Shaftesbury Town 91.52% 8.48%
10 Dorchester East 92.01% 7.99%
11 West Purbeck 92.38% 7.62%
12 Blandford 92.47% 7.53%
13 Hill Forts & Upper Tarrants 92.63% 7.37%
14 Swanage 92.72% 7.28%
15 St Leonards & St Ives 92.77% 7.23%
16 Gillingham 92.86% 7.14%
17 Ferndown South 93.29% 6.71%
18 Ferndown North 93.32% 6.68%
19 Yetminster 93.38% 6.62%
20 Crossways 93.5% 6.5%
21 Wimborne Minster 93.67% 6.33%
22 Westham 93.75% 6.25%
23 Chalk Valleys 93.78% 6.22%
24 Chesil Bank 93.84% 6.16%
25 Radipole 93.86% 6.14%
26 Lyme & Charmouth 93.91% 6.09%
27 South East Purbeck 93.98% 6.02%
28 Bridport 94.05% 5.95%
29 Sherborne Rural 94.17% 5.83%
30 West Parley 94.21% 5.79%
31 Beaminster 94.27% 5.73%
32 West Moors & Three Legged Cross 94.34% 5.66%
33 Charminster St Mary's 94.4% 5.6%
34 Eggardon 94.45% 5.55%
35 Blackmore Vale 94.65% 5.35%
36 Wareham 94.72% 5.28%
37 Lytchett Matravers & Upton 94.78% 5.22%
38 Littlemoor & Preston 94.78% 5.22%
39 Verwood 94.84% 5.16%
40 Corfe Mullen 94.85% 5.15%
41 Rodwell & Wyke 94.86% 5.14%
42 Portland 94.87% 5.13%
43 Colehill & Wimborne Minster East 94.95% 5.05%
44 Upwey & Broadwey 95% 5%
45 Winterborne North 95.12% 4.88%
46 Stalbridge & Marnhull 95.23% 4.77%
47 Marshwood Vale 95.29% 4.71%
48 Chickerell 95.34% 4.66%
49 Puddletown & Lower Winterborne 95.41% 4.59%
50 Cranborne & Alderholt 95.67% 4.33%
51 Winterborne & Broadmayne 95.71% 4.29%
52 Stour & Allen Vale 95.85% 4.15%
'; Highlands is ranked 28 out of 52 wards in Dorset for the number of residents born outside of the UK.

Highlands Education Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census to found of the level of education Highlands 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 Highlands to the national average for England.
Level Bridport England
No Qualifications 17.91% 18.08%
Level 1 10.44% 9.69%
Level 2 14.07% 13.32%
Apprenticeship 6.96% 5.32%
Level 3 16.5% 16.92%
Level 4 31.33% 33.92%

Highlands 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 Dorset.
Area Unemployed Yearly Change
Dorset 2.4% -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 Highlands 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 Highlands.
Economic Status Proportion
In Employment 46.99%
In Part-Time Work 38.91%
Unemployed 4.32%
61.09% of the people in work, are in full-time employment in Highlands

Highlands Age Distribution Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 Census and the calculated the proportion of age groups in Bridport.
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 is the population of Highlands and Dorset?

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

Ward Population
Dorset Total 0



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



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