Socio-economic statistics for Shefford, Bedfordshire

We have collated a series of socio-economic statistics for Shefford in Central Bedfordshire 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 Shefford older than the national average or younger? What is the population of Shefford and Central Bedfordshire? Is Shefford an unemployment hotspot? This page should provide you with the answers.

Shefford & Central Bedfordshire 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 Shefford in the Central Bedfordshire local area district.

Shefford has a lower rate of immigrants than Central Bedfordshire, the East of England region and England as a whole.
Area Born in UK Born outside UK
Shefford 93.37% 6.63%
Central Bedfordshire 88.96% 11.04%
East 85.09% 14.91%
England 82.65% 17.35%

Shefford compared to other wards in Central Bedfordshire

# Ward Born in UK Born outside UK
1 Parkside 72.94% 27.06%
2 Dunstable-Icknield 75.18% 24.82%
3 Tithe Farm 79.37% 20.63%
4 Houghton Hall 79.4% 20.6%
5 Dunstable-Central 80.46% 19.54%
6 Dunstable-Northfields 80.57% 19.43%
7 Dunstable-Manshead 81.35% 18.65%
8 Cranfield and Marston Moretaine 84.34% 15.66%
9 Dunstable-Watling 87.13% 12.87%
10 Leighton Buzzard South 89.22% 10.78%
11 Biggleswade South 90.28% 9.72%
12 Aspley and Woburn 90.5% 9.5%
13 Linslade 90.6% 9.4%
14 Houghton Conquest and Haynes 90.61% 9.39%
15 Toddington 90.61% 9.39%
16 Leighton Buzzard North 90.86% 9.14%
17 Caddington 90.92% 9.08%
18 Biggleswade North 91.08% 8.92%
19 Heath and Reach 91.17% 8.83%
20 Arlesey 91.95% 8.05%
21 Flitwick 91.99% 8.01%
22 Sandy 92.36% 7.64%
23 Stotfold and Langford 92.7% 7.3%
24 Eaton Bray 93.31% 6.69%
25 Shefford 93.37% 6.63%
26 Silsoe and Shillington 93.45% 6.55%
27 Westoning, Flitton and Greenfield 93.53% 6.47%
28 Barton-le-Clay 93.66% 6.34%
29 Potton 93.82% 6.18%
30 Northill 93.83% 6.17%
31 Ampthill 94.19% 5.81%
'; Shefford is ranked 25 out of 31 wards in Central Bedfordshire for the number of residents born outside of the UK.

Shefford Education Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census to found of the level of education Shefford 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 Shefford to the national average for England.
Level Shefford England
No Qualifications 11.85% 18.08%
Level 1 9.6% 9.69%
Level 2 15.25% 13.32%
Apprenticeship 5.98% 5.32%
Level 3 20.77% 16.92%
Level 4 34.59% 33.92%

Shefford Health Statistics

Shefford has significantly more residents (>5%) describing their health as very good than the national average for England.
Area VG G F B VB
Shefford 54.11% 31.96% 10.92% 2.4% 0.61%
Central Bedfordshire 50.37% 34.49% 11.33% 3% 0.82%
East 48.28% 34.64% 12.5% 3.58% 1%
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 Central Bedfordshire changed since 2011?

Central Bedfordshire residents who describe their health as either good or very good has increased by 0.19% between the 2011 and 2021 census.
Year VG G F B VB
2011 49.15% 35.52% 11.48% 3.02% 0.84%
2021 50.37% 34.49% 11.33% 3% 0.82%
VG = Very Good, G = Good, F = Fair, B = Bad & VB = Very Bad

Shefford 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 Central Bedfordshire.
Area Unemployed Yearly Change
Central Bedfordshire 2.2% -0.2%
East of England 3% -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 Shefford 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 Shefford.
Economic Status Proportion
In Employment 66.19%
In Part-Time Work 22.98%
Unemployed 2.74%
77.02% of the people in work, are in full-time employment in Shefford

Shefford Age Distribution Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 Census and the calculated the proportion of age groups in Shefford.
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 Shefford and Central Bedfordshire

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census and calculated what proportion of people in Shefford either own or rent their home. All percentages have been rounded to two decimal places. 69.05 of residents own their home either outright or mortgaged. 30.95 of Shefford residents rent their home either privately or through a social landlord.
Area Owned Rented
Shefford 69.05% 30.95%
Central Bedfordshire 71.16% 28.84%
East 65.23% 34.77%
England 61.31% 38.69%

Shefford has a higher level of home ownership than than the national average.

Shefford compared to other wards in Central Bedfordshire

# Ward Owned Rented
1 Westoning, Flitton and Greenfield 82.28% 17.72%
2 Barton-le-Clay 82.24% 17.76%
3 Heath and Reach 79.35% 20.65%
4 Caddington 79.3% 20.7%
5 Dunstable-Watling 78.86% 21.14%
6 Eaton Bray 77.96% 22.04%
7 Ampthill 76.67% 23.33%
8 Stotfold and Langford 76.3% 23.7%
9 Toddington 75.56% 24.44%
10 Houghton Conquest and Haynes 75% 25%
11 Dunstable-Icknield 74.55% 25.45%
12 Linslade 73.56% 26.44%
13 Flitwick 73.15% 26.85%
14 Silsoe and Shillington 72.5% 27.5%
15 Potton 72.06% 27.94%
16 Cranfield and Marston Moretaine 71.55% 28.45%
17 Arlesey 70.79% 29.21%
18 Leighton Buzzard South 69.7% 30.3%
19 Biggleswade South 69.33% 30.67%
20 Northill 69.19% 30.81%
21 Shefford 69.05% 30.95%
22 Leighton Buzzard North 69.04% 30.96%
23 Sandy 67.25% 32.75%
24 Aspley and Woburn 66.73% 33.27%
25 Biggleswade North 66.5% 33.5%
26 Houghton Hall 63.22% 36.78%
27 Dunstable-Central 62.09% 37.91%
28 Dunstable-Northfields 61.74% 38.26%
29 Dunstable-Manshead 59.67% 40.33%
30 Tithe Farm 59.08% 40.92%
31 Parkside (Central Bedfordshire) 54.63% 45.37%
Shefford is ranked 21 out of 31 wards in Central Bedfordshire for the percentage of home owners.

What are the occupations of the residents of Shefford?

The largest employment sector in Shefford is Professional Occupations. The smallest employment sector is Process Plant & Machine Operatives.
Sector Proportion
Professional Occupations 20.38%
Associate Professional & Technical 18.63%
Managers, Directors & Senior Officials 14.6%
Administrative & Secretarial 11.59%
Skilled Trades 10.22%
Caring, leisure & Other Services 8.15%
Elementary Occupations 6.71%
Process Plant & Machine Operatives 4.6%

What is the population of Shefford and Central Bedfordshire?

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

Ward Population
Ampthill 13872
Arlesey 16547
Aspley and Woburn 4872
Barton-le-Clay 4972
Biggleswade North 10433
Biggleswade South 11715
Caddington 10001
Cranfield and Marston Moretaine 16524
Dunstable-Central 5809
Dunstable-Icknield 9056
Dunstable-Manshead 5747
Dunstable-Northfields 11011
Dunstable-Watling 9456
Eaton Bray 4561
Flitwick 14033
Heath and Reach 4550
Houghton Conquest and Haynes 3337
Houghton Hall 9272
Leighton Buzzard North 15352
Leighton Buzzard South 15621
Linslade 12230
Northill 4511
Parkside 5437
Potton 8476
Sandy 13814
Shefford 10757
Silsoe and Shillington 5917
Stotfold and Langford 16427
Tithe Farm 5064
Toddington 9922
Westoning, Flitton and Greenfield 4800
Central Bedfordshire Total 294096



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



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