If you are thinking of moving to Meerhay 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 Meerhay to figures for Dorset and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Meerhay is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.
Meerhay General Health Statistics
The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Meerhay. The percentage of residents in Meerhay rating their health as 'very good' is more than the national average.
Meerhay Education Statistics
These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Meerhay and are from the UK Census of 2011. Meerhay 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.
Meerhay Age Distribution Statistics
The population of Meerhay as a whole, is younger than the national average.
|Age 0 to 4||%||6.3%|
|Age 5 to 9||%||5.6%|
|Age 10 to14||%||5.8%|
|Age 15 to 17||%||3.7%|
|Age 18 to 24||%||9.4%|
|Age 25 to 29||%||6.9%|
|Age 30 to 44||%||20.6%|
|Age 45 to 59||%||19.4%|
|Age 60 to 64||%||6%|
|Age 65 to 74||%||8.6%|
|Age 75 to 84||%||5.5%|
|Age 85 and over||%||2.3%|
Meerhay 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. Meerhay has 20% less Higher and Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional households than the national average.
Meerhay Property Ownership & Rental Statistics
Meerhay has a lower rate of home ownership (via a mortgage or owned outright) than the national average, which suggests that Meerhay is an economically deprived area.
|Social Rented (Council)||%||9.4%|
|Social Rented (Housing Assoc)||%||8.3%|
Meerhay Immigration Statistics
These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Meerhay are from the UK Census of 2011.
|Rebublic of Ireland||%||0.7%|
|Other EU Countries||%||3.7%|
|Outside the EU||%||9.4%|
Meerhay 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. Meerhay is in the local authority with the highest number of Universal Credit claimants in the area.
These figures below on the claiming of legacy benefits in Meerhay 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 claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 10% lower in Meerhay than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.
|Jobseekers Allowance (only)||%||3.3%|
|Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)||%||2.4%|
|Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)||%||13.5%|
Source: English Indices of Deprivation 2019
What is the population of Meerhay and Dorset?
The table below contains the populations figures for each ward in Dorset including Meerhay. These population ONS figures are estimated are dated Mid 2020.
|Charminster St Mary's||4865|
|Colehill & Wimborne Minster East||9105|
|Cranborne & Alderholt||5133|
|Hill Forts & Upper Tarrants||4747|
|Littlemoor & Preston||9528|
|Lyme & Charmouth||5142|
|Lytchett Matravers & Upton||12748|
|Puddletown & Lower Winterborne||5555|
|Rodwell & Wyke||14199|
|South East Purbeck||4148|
|St Leonards & St Ives||7494|
|Stalbridge & Marnhull||4917|
|Stour & Allen Vale||5185|
|Upwey & Broadwey||4518|
|West Moors & Three Legged Cross||9101|
|Winterborne & Broadmayne||4309|
Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.