Merley, Poole

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

Merley 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. Merley is in the local authority with the highest number of Universal Credit claimants in the area.

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These figures below on the claiming of legacy benefits in Merley 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 Althpugh outdated, these statistics can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and how hard it could be to get employment in the area.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 Merley 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%

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

Merley Education Statistics

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

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

Merley Age Distribution Statistics

The population of Merley 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

Merley General Health Statistics

The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Merley. The percentage of residents in Merley rating their health as 'very good' is more than the national average.

Very Goodnan%47.17%
Very Badnan%1.25%

Merley Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

Merley has a lower rate of home ownership (via a mortgage or owned outright) than the national average, which suggests that Merley is an economically deprived area.

Social Rented (Council)%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)%8.3%
Private Rented%15.4%
Rent Free%1.3%

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


Merley Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Merley 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%

What is the population of Merley and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole?

The table below contains the populations figures for each ward in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole including Merley. These population ONS figures are estimated are dated Mid 2020.

Alderney & Bourne Valley16351
Bearwood & Merley13296
Boscombe East & Pokesdown11187
Boscombe West10812
Bournemouth Central16408
Burton & Grange9594
Canford Cliffs9834
Canford Heath14147
Christchurch Town10567
East Cliff & Springbourne17223
East Southbourne & Tuckton8654
Highcliffe & Walkford10275
Littledown & Iford9654
Mudeford, Stanpit & West Highcliffe9842
Muscliff & Strouden Park16784
Newtown & Heatherlands17453
Penn Hill11612
Poole Town13493
Queen's Park11275
Redhill & Northbourne9517
Talbot & Branksome Woods13697
Wallisdown & Winton West10288
West Southbourne10679
Westbourne & West Cliff11169
Winton East11079
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Total396989

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

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