Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

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

Leighton Buzzard 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.

GradeCentral BedfordshireEngland
AB26.05%22.96%
C132.98%30.92%
C222.96%20.64%
DE18.01%25.49%

Leighton Buzzard Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

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

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TenureCentral BedfordshireEngland
Owned31.6%30.6%
Mortgage40.9%32.8%
Shared0.8%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)5.2%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)8.2%8.3%
Private Rented10.5%15.4%
Other1.6%1.4%
Rent Free1.1%1.3%

Leighton Buzzard General Health Statistics

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

HealthCentral BedfordshireEngland
Very Good49.15%47.17%
Good35.52%34.22%
Fair11.48%13.12%
Bad3.02%4.25%
Very Bad0.84%1.25%

Leighton Buzzard Education Statistics

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

QualificationCentral BedfordshireEngland
No Qualifications19.4%22.5%
Level 114.9%13.3%
Level 217%15.2%
Apprenticeship4.7%3.6%
Level 312.6%12.4%
Level 427.3%27.4%
Other4.1%5.7%

Leighton Buzzard Immigration Statistics

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

CountryCentral BedfordshireEngland
United Kingdom92.1%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland1%0.7%
Other EU Countries2.5%3.7%
Outside the EU4.5%9.4%

Leighton Buzzard 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.

These figures below on the claiming of legacy benefits in Leighton Buzzard 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 Leighton Buzzard is both lower than the average for Greater Manchester (Met County) 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 Leighton Buzzard than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

BenefitCentral BedfordshireGreater Manchester (Met County)England
Jobseekers Allowance (only)2.1%4.3%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)1.5%3.4%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)9.1%17.5%13.5%

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

Leighton Buzzard Age Distribution Statistics

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

AgeCentral BedfordshireEngland
Age 0 to 46.3%6.3%
Age 5 to 95.9%5.6%
Age 10 to146.1%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.9%3.7%
Age 18 to 247.4%9.4%
Age 25 to 295.7%6.9%
Age 30 to 4421.1%20.6%
Age 45 to 5921.5%19.4%
Age 60 to 646.4%6%
Age 65 to 748.6%8.6%
Age 75 to 845.2%5.5%
Age 85 and over1.8%2.3%
Mean Age39.639.3
Median Age4039



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


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