Merstham, Surrey

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

Merstham Age Distribution Statistics

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

AgeReigate and BansteadEngland
Age 0 to 46.6%6.3%
Age 5 to 95.9%5.6%
Age 10 to146%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.6%3.7%
Age 18 to 247.1%9.4%
Age 25 to 295.9%6.9%
Age 30 to 4422.1%20.6%
Age 45 to 5920.2%19.4%
Age 60 to 646.1%6%
Age 65 to 748.1%8.6%
Age 75 to 845.6%5.5%
Age 85 and over2.8%2.3%
Mean Age39.939.3
Median Age4039

Merstham 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.

How grim is your Postcode?

These figures below on the claiming of legacy benefits in Merstham 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 Althpugh outdated, these statistics can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and how hard it could be to get employment in the area.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 Merstham than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

BenefitReigate and BansteadSurreyEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)1.5%1.3%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)1.2%1.3%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)7.8%7.1%13.5%

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

Merstham Immigration Statistics

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

CountryReigate and BansteadEngland
United Kingdom87.9%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.9%0.7%
Other EU Countries3.3%3.7%
Outside the EU8%9.4%

Merstham General Health Statistics

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

HealthReigate and BansteadEngland
Very Good51.55%47.17%
Very Bad0.85%1.25%

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

GradeReigate and BansteadEngland

Merstham Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

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

TenureReigate and BansteadEngland
Social Rented (Council)2.4%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)9.5%8.3%
Private Rented12%15.4%
Rent Free0.9%1.3%

Merstham Education Statistics

These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Merstham and are from the UK Census of 2011. Merstham 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. Merstham also has a high level of residents with a higher education qualification (level 4) than the national average, suggesting that the residents of Merstham are better educated than the average England citizen.

QualificationReigate and BansteadEngland
No Qualifications16.6%22.5%
Level 113.2%13.3%
Level 216.6%15.2%
Level 312%12.4%
Level 434%27.4%

What is the population of Merstham and Reigate and Banstead?

The table below contains the populations figures for each ward in Reigate and Banstead including Merstham. These population ONS figures are estimated are dated Mid 2020.

Banstead Village9728
Chipstead, Kingswood & Woodmansterne9798
Earlswood & Whitebushes10221
Hooley, Merstham & Netherne11607
Horley Central & South10379
Horley East & Salfords9843
Horley West & Sidlow9248
Lower Kingswood, Tadworth & Walton9703
Meadvale & St John's9740
Redhill East9232
Redhill West & Wray Common11225
South Park & Woodhatch8595
Tattenham Corner & Preston10059
Reigate and Banstead Total149243

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

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