Socio-economic statistics for Oldbury, Sandwell

We have collated a series of socio-economic statistics for Oldbury in Sandwell from UK government sources such as the 2021 Census and the Index of Multiple Deprivation. They should give you a broad snapshot of the area and the surrounding locations. Are the residents of Oldbury older than the national average or younger? What is the population of Oldbury and Sandwell? Is Oldbury an unemployment hotspot? This page should provide you with the answers.

Oldbury & Sandwell Immigration Statistics

We have analysed the Census 2021 raw data on country of birth and compiled immigration statistics as percentages of the population. All percentages have been rounded to two decimal places. Below are the figures for Oldbury in the Sandwell local area district.

Area Born in UK Born outside UK
Langley 80% 20%
Sandwell 76.41% 23.59%
West Midlands 84.84% 15.17%
England 82.65% 17.35%

Oldbury compared to other wards in Sandwell

# Ward Born in UK Born outside UK
1 Soho and Victoria 50.11% 49.89%
2 St Pauls 56.33% 43.67%
3 West Bromwich Central 59.43% 40.57%
4 Smethwick 63.49% 36.51%
5 Greets Green and Lyng 64.01% 35.99%
6 Oldbury 70.78% 29.22%
7 Wednesbury South 75.62% 24.38%
8 Hateley Heath 75.69% 24.31%
9 Abbey 75.94% 24.06%
10 Newton 78.25% 21.75%
11 Great Bridge 79.49% 20.51%
12 Tipton Green 79.63% 20.37%
13 Langley 80% 20%
14 Charlemont with Grove Vale 80.53% 19.47%
15 Bristnall 82.03% 17.97%
16 Great Barr with Yew Tree 82.08% 17.92%
17 Old Warley 84.11% 15.9%
18 Tividale 85.78% 14.22%
19 Wednesbury North 86.12% 13.88%
20 Princes End 88.34% 11.66%
21 Cradley Heath and Old Hill 89.67% 10.33%
22 Blackheath 89.67% 10.33%
23 Friar Park 89.98% 10.02%
24 Rowley 90.77% 9.23%
'; Oldbury is ranked 13 out of 24 wards in Sandwell for the number of residents born outside of the UK.

Oldbury Education Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census to found of the level of education Oldbury residents have in terms of formal qualifications as a percentage. The UK government breaks qualifications down into 7 levels. A detailed explanation of these levels can be found here. However, the Census groups these into just 4 \'levels\'. Here are some examples of the qualifications each census level represents when not stated;

  • Level 1 - GCSE grades D, E, F, or G & below
  • Level 2 - GCSE A*, A, B, C or O Level grades A, B or C
  • Level 3 - A or AS qualification at any grade
  • Level 4 - HNC, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree or Phd

In this first table we have compared Oldbury to the national average for England.
Level Langley England
No Qualifications 27.98% 18.08%
Level 1 11.29% 9.69%
Level 2 14.85% 13.32%
Apprenticeship 5.25% 5.32%
Level 3 16.09% 16.92%
Level 4 21.4% 33.92%

Oldbury Unemployment Statistics

Since the introduction of Universal Credit, The Department for Work & Pensions have not issued any statistics (in our view) that can be used to ascertain the levels of unemployment or under employment in the UK, just meaningless geographic counts. However, the Office of National Statistics does publish claimant counts of people receiving out of work benefits, be that legacy Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit as a proportion of people over 16. These figures are usually updated once a month and are for Local Authority Districts and Unitary Authority Districts. So below are the figures of Sandwell.
Area Unemployed Yearly Change
Sandwell 6.4% -0.3%
West Midlands 5% -0.3%
England 3.8% -0.3%
UK 3.7% -0.3%
Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS), Last Retrieved: March 2023
The 2021 census had data on people who were economically active (seeking work) yet unemployed on Census day (Sunday March 21st 2021). These statitics do cover Oldbury on a ward level. However, it has to be noted that the Census day was during the height of the Covid19 pandemic and therefore are not reflective of normal levels of unemployment. For example, between March 2020 and June 2020 people claiming Universal Credit doubled in most areas of the United Kingdom and then steadily declined up to the day of the Census and beyond. This data also contains the proportion of people in part-time work (working between 1-35 hours per week), which maybe an indicator of under employment in Oldbury.
Economic Status Proportion
In Employment 51.71%
In Part-Time Work 24.63%
Unemployed 8.71%
75.37% of the people in work, are in full-time employment in Oldbury

Oldbury Age Distribution Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 Census and the calculated the proportion of age groups in Langley.
Age Band Proportion
4 & under
5 - 9 years
10 - 15 years
16 - 19 years
20 - 24 years
25 - 34 years
35 - 49 years
50 - 64 years
65 - 74 years
75 - 84 years
85 years & over

How many residents own or rent their home in Oldbury and Sandwell

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census and calculated what proportion of people in Oldbury either own or rent their home. All percentages have been rounded to two decimal places. 52.02 of residents own their home either outright or mortgaged. 47.98 of Oldbury residents rent their home either privately or through a social landlord.
Area Owned Rented
Langley 52.02% 47.98%
Sandwell 53.75% 46.25%
West Midlands 62.8% 37.2%
England 61.31% 38.69%

Oldbury has a lower level of home ownership than than the national average.

Oldbury compared to other wards in Sandwell

# Ward Owned Rented
1 Newton (Sandwell) 71.12% 28.88%
2 Old Warley 68.33% 31.67%
3 Great Barr with Yew Tree 66.37% 33.63%
4 Charlemont with Grove Vale 64.51% 35.49%
5 Bristnall 62.79% 37.21%
6 Tividale 61.92% 38.08%
7 Rowley (Sandwell) 60.37% 39.63%
8 Blackheath (Sandwell) 59.86% 40.14%
9 Abbey (Sandwell) 58.36% 41.64%
10 Oldbury 54.18% 45.82%
11 Wednesbury South 54.12% 45.88%
12 Wednesbury North 53.49% 46.51%
13 Cradley Heath and Old Hill 52.34% 47.66%
14 Friar Park 52.25% 47.75%
15 St Pauls (Sandwell) 52.16% 47.84%
16 Langley 52.02% 47.98%
17 Great Bridge 49.75% 50.25%
18 Tipton Green 48.85% 51.15%
19 Hateley Heath 48.22% 51.78%
20 Smethwick 46.03% 53.97%
21 Greets Green and Lyng 43.85% 56.15%
22 Princes End 43.48% 56.52%
23 West Bromwich Central 41.2% 58.8%
24 Soho and Victoria 35.46% 64.54%
Oldbury is ranked 16 out of 24 wards in Sandwell for the percentage of home owners.

Oldbury Health Statistics

Langley has a significantly lower proportion of residents (>5%) describing their health as very good than the national average for England.
Area VG G F B VB
Langley 42.93% 35.1% 14.82% 5.35% 1.8%
Sandwell 44.86% 34.16% 14.35% 5.11% 1.53%
West Midlands 46.4% 34.38% 13.54% 4.37% 1.31%
England 48.49% 33.71% 12.65% 3.98% 1.17%
VG = Very Good, G = Good, F = Fair, B = Bad & VB = Very Bad

How has the health of residents in Sandwell changed since 2011?

Sandwell residents who describe their health as either good or very good has increased by 2.33% between the 2011 and 2021 census.
Year VG G F B VB
2011 41.93% 34.76% 15.61% 5.9% 1.8%
2021 44.86% 34.16% 14.35% 5.11% 1.53%
VG = Very Good, G = Good, F = Fair, B = Bad & VB = Very Bad

What are the occupations of the residents of Oldbury?

The largest employment sector in Oldbury is Elementary Occupations. The smallest employment sector is Managers, Directors & Senior Officials.
Sector Proportion
Elementary Occupations 14.3%
Professional Occupations 12.93%
Skilled Trades 12.07%
Caring, leisure & Other Services 12.02%
Process Plant & Machine Operatives 11.22%
Associate Professional & Technical 11.15%
Administrative & Secretarial 10.11%
Managers, Directors & Senior Officials 7.27%

What is the population of Oldbury and Sandwell?

The table below contains the populations figures for each ward in Sandwell including Oldbury. These population ONS figures are estimated are dated Mid 2020.

Ward Population
Abbey 12640
Blackheath 12192
Bristnall 12266
Charlemont with Grove Vale 12281
Cradley Heath and Old Hill 13934
Friar Park 12735
Great Barr with Yew Tree 12890
Great Bridge 13533
Greets Green and Lyng 13939
Hateley Heath 15250
Langley 13957
Newton 12455
Old Warley 12256
Oldbury 15228
Princes End 13548
Rowley 12149
Smethwick 15302
Soho and Victoria 17764
St Pauls 15880
Tipton Green 14581
Tividale 12968
Wednesbury North 13175
Wednesbury South 13581
West Bromwich Central 14538
Sandwell Total 329042



Last updated: 20/02/2024, Additional Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.



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