Socio-economic statistics for Portland, Somerset
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If you are thinking of moving to Portland 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 Portland to figures for Somerset and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Portland is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.

Portland General Health Statistics

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

Very Good46.81%45.57%47.17%
Very Bad1.01%1.08%1.25%

Portland Immigration Statistics

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

United Kingdom93.7%94%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.4%0.4%0.7%
Other EU Countries2.7%2.7%3.7%
Outside the EU3.1%2.9%9.4%

Portland 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.


Portland Age Distribution Statistics

The population of Portland as a whole, is older than the national average. However, the population of Portland is younger than the Somerset average.

Age 0 to 45.4%5.4%6.3%
Age 5 to 95.4%5.2%5.6%
Age 10 to146.4%5.9%5.8%
Age 15 to 174.6%4%3.7%
Age 18 to 247.2%7.5%9.4%
Age 25 to 294.7%5%6.9%
Age 30 to 4417.9%17.5%20.6%
Age 45 to 5921.6%20.9%19.4%
Age 60 to 647.3%7.4%6%
Age 65 to 7410.1%10.8%8.6%
Age 75 to 846.5%7.1%5.5%
Age 85 and over2.9%3.1%2.3%
Mean Age41.942.739.3
Median Age434439

Portland Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

Social Rented (Council)2.9%5.9%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)9%7.6%8.3%
Private Rented14%13%15.4%
Rent Free1.6%1.6%1.3%

Portland Education Statistics

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

No Qualifications21.4%22.4%22.5%
Level 113.5%13.7%13.3%
Level 217.1%17.2%15.2%
Level 312%12.1%12.4%
Level 427.9%25.6%27.4%

Portland Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Portland come from the Department for Work & Pensions and are dated . They can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and possible indicator of how hard it would be to get employment in the area. The rate of unemployment in Portland is both lower than the average for Somerset and lower than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe easier than most places. The rate of claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 10% lower in Portland than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

Jobseekers Allowance (only)1.6%1.9%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)2.1%2.2%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)10.8%11.5%13.5%

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

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