Meerhay, Dorset

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.

Very Goodnan%47.17%
Very Badnan%1.25%

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.

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No Qualifications%22.5%
Level 1%13.3%
Level 2%15.2%
Level 3%12.4%
Level 4%27.4%

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%
Mean Age39.3
Median Age39

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%
Private Rented%15.4%
Rent Free%1.3%

Meerhay Immigration Statistics

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

United Kingdom%86.2%
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%

Meerhay rates 5/10 for employment deprivation
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.

Blackmore Vale4549
Chalk Valleys4846
Charminster St Mary's4865
Chesil Bank3964
Colehill & Wimborne Minster East9105
Corfe Mullen10248
Cranborne & Alderholt5133
Cranborne Chase5024
Dorchester East8371
Dorchester Poundbury4067
Dorchester West9142
Ferndown North8916
Ferndown South9011
Hill Forts & Upper Tarrants4747
Littlemoor & Preston9528
Lyme & Charmouth5142
Lytchett Matravers & Upton12748
Marshwood Vale4529
Melcombe Regis4247
Puddletown & Lower Winterborne5555
Rodwell & Wyke14199
Shaftesbury Town8985
Sherborne East4766
Sherborne Rural5141
Sherborne West5047
South East Purbeck4148
St Leonards & St Ives7494
Stalbridge & Marnhull4917
Stour & Allen Vale5185
Sturminster Newton4773
Upwey & Broadwey4518
West Moors & Three Legged Cross9101
West Parley3561
West Purbeck10308
Wimborne Minster7385
Winterborne & Broadmayne4309
Winterborne North4072
Dorset Total379791

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

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