Leigh, Surrey

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

Leigh Immigration Statistics

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

CountryMole ValleyEngland
United Kingdom90.1%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.7%0.7%
Other EU Countries2.8%3.7%
Outside the EU6.4%9.4%

Leigh Education Statistics

These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Leigh and are from the UK Census of 2011. Leigh has a lower level of residents with either no qualifications or qualifications equal to 1 or more GCSE at grade D or below, than the national average. Leigh also has a high level of residents with a higher education qualification (level 4) than the national average, suggesting that the residents of Leigh are better educated than the average England citizen.

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QualificationMole ValleyEngland
No Qualifications16%22.5%
Level 111.7%13.3%
Level 216.1%15.2%
Apprenticeship2.8%3.6%
Level 311.3%12.4%
Level 437.9%27.4%
Other4.2%5.7%

Leigh Age Distribution Statistics

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

AgeMole ValleyEngland
Age 0 to 45.4%6.3%
Age 5 to 95.5%5.6%
Age 10 to146.3%5.8%
Age 15 to 174%3.7%
Age 18 to 246.1%9.4%
Age 25 to 294.4%6.9%
Age 30 to 4418.9%20.6%
Age 45 to 5921.9%19.4%
Age 60 to 646.9%6%
Age 65 to 7410.4%8.6%
Age 75 to 847.2%5.5%
Age 85 and over3.1%2.3%
Mean Age42.739.3
Median Age4439

Leigh 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. Leigh is in the local authority with the lowest number of Universal Credit claimants in the area.

These figures below on the claiming of legacy benefits in Leigh 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 Leigh is both lower than the average for Surrey and lower than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe easier than most places. The rate of claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 10% lower in Leigh than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

BenefitMole ValleySurreyEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)1.2%1.3%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)1.3%1.3%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)6.8%7.1%13.5%

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

Leigh General Health Statistics

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

HealthMole ValleyEngland
Very Good51.45%47.17%
Good33.73%34.22%
Fair11.25%13.12%
Bad2.85%4.25%
Very Bad0.71%1.25%

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

GradeMole ValleyEngland
AB37.17%22.96%
C132.29%30.92%
C217.81%20.64%
DE12.73%25.49%

Leigh Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

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

TenureMole ValleyEngland
Owned39.1%30.6%
Mortgage34.5%32.8%
Shared0.9%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)1.5%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)10.7%8.3%
Private Rented10.6%15.4%
Other1.3%1.4%
Rent Free1.4%1.3%

What is the population of Leigh and Mole Valley?

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

WardPopulation
Ashtead Common4182
Ashtead Park4355
Ashtead Village6212
Beare Green1867
Bookham North5815
Bookham South5568
Box Hill and Headley1793
Brockham, Betchworth and Buckland4439
Capel, Leigh and Newdigate4519
Charlwood2469
Dorking North4362
Dorking South7394
Fetcham East3712
Fetcham West4275
Holmwoods6502
Leatherhead North7864
Leatherhead South4405
Leith Hill1763
Mickleham, Westhumble and Pixham1911
Okewood1887
Westcott2253
Mole Valley Total87547



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


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