Socio-economic statistics for Sherford, Devon

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

Sherford Health Statistics

Allington & Strete has more residents (very_good_pc-$country_health->very_good_pc, 2)%) describing their health as very good than the national average for England.
Area VG G F B VB
Allington & Strete 48.8% 34.53% 12.27% 3.31% 1.08%
South Hams 49.08% 33.18% 12.74% 3.85% 1.15%
South West 47.6% 34.21% 13.12% 3.95% 1.12%
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 South Hams changed since 2011?

South Hams residents who describe their health as either good or very good has increased by 0.48% between the 2011 and 2021 census.
Year VG G F B VB
2011 47.41% 34.37% 13.32% 3.8% 1.11%
2021 49.08% 33.18% 12.74% 3.85% 1.15%
VG = Very Good, G = Good, F = Fair, B = Bad & VB = Very Bad

Sherford Age Distribution Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 Census and the calculated the proportion of age groups in Allington & Strete.
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 Sherford and South Hams

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census and calculated what proportion of people in Sherford either own or rent their home. All percentages have been rounded to two decimal places. 73.53 of residents own their home either outright or mortgaged. 26.47 of Sherford residents rent their home either privately or through a social landlord.
Area Owned Rented
Allington & Strete 73.53% 26.47%
South Hams 70.46% 29.54%
South West 65.88% 34.12%
England 61.31% 38.69%

Sherford has a significantly higher level of home ownership than the national average. This is indicative or an economically wealthy area.

Sherford compared to other wards in South Hams

# Ward Owned Rented
1 Marldon & Littlehempston 80.06% 19.94%
2 Stokenham 79.33% 20.67%
3 Wembury & Brixton 77.89% 22.11%
4 Woolwell 75.93% 24.07%
5 Ermington & Ugborough 75.53% 24.47%
6 Ivybridge East 75.34% 24.66%
7 Ivybridge West 74.28% 25.72%
8 Bickleigh & Cornwood 73.78% 26.22%
9 West Dart 73.61% 26.39%
10 Allington & Strete 73.53% 26.47%
11 Charterlands 71.95% 28.05%
12 Loddiswell & Aveton Gifford 71.95% 28.05%
13 Dartington & Staverton 71.93% 28.07%
14 Blackawton & Stoke Fleming 71.84% 28.16%
15 South Brent 71.19% 28.81%
16 Salcombe & Thurlestone 70.97% 29.03%
17 Newton & Yealmpton 70.44% 29.56%
18 Dartmouth & East Dart 66.76% 33.24%
19 Kingsbridge 61.03% 38.97%
20 Totnes 56.94% 43.06%
Sherford is ranked 10 out of 20 wards in South Hams for the percentage of home owners.

Sherford Education Statistics

We have taken the raw data from the 2021 census to found of the level of education Sherford 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 Sherford to the national average for England.
Level Allington & Strete England
No Qualifications 13.89% 18.08%
Level 1 9.55% 9.69%
Level 2 13.78% 13.32%
Apprenticeship 4.85% 5.32%
Level 3 17.04% 16.92%
Level 4 38.8% 33.92%

Sherford 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 South Hams.
Area Unemployed Yearly Change
South Hams 1.8% -0.6%
South West 2.5% -0.4%
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 Sherford 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 Sherford.
Economic Status Proportion
In Employment 49.24%
In Part-Time Work 37.27%
Unemployed 3.28%
62.73% of the people in work, are in full-time employment in Sherford

What are the occupations of the residents of Sherford?

The largest employment sector in Sherford is Managers, Directors & Senior Officials. The smallest employment sector is Process Plant & Machine Operatives.
Sector Proportion
Managers, Directors & Senior Officials 21.78%
Skilled Trades 18.53%
Professional Occupations 17.6%
Associate Professional & Technical 11.47%
Elementary Occupations 7.98%
Administrative & Secretarial 7.29%
Caring, leisure & Other Services 6.28%
Process Plant & Machine Operatives 2.87%

Sherford & South Hams 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 Sherford in the South Hams local area district.

Sherford has a lower rate of immigrants than South Hams, the South West region and England as a whole.
Area Born in UK Born outside UK
Allington & Strete 94.62% 5.38%
South Hams 93.75% 6.25%
South West 89.8% 10.2%
England 82.65% 17.35%

Sherford compared to other wards in South Hams

# Ward Born in UK Born outside UK
1 Totnes 90.61% 9.39%
2 Dartington & Staverton 90.92% 9.08%
3 Woolwell 91.71% 8.29%
4 West Dart 91.82% 8.18%
5 Dartmouth & East Dart 92.64% 7.36%
6 South Brent 93.14% 6.86%
7 Ermington & Ugborough 93.46% 6.54%
8 Charterlands 93.7% 6.3%
9 Kingsbridge 94.08% 5.92%
10 Blackawton & Stoke Fleming 94.34% 5.66%
11 Newton & Yealmpton 94.4% 5.6%
12 Allington & Strete 94.62% 5.38%
13 Salcombe & Thurlestone 94.8% 5.2%
14 Marldon & Littlehempston 95.06% 4.94%
15 Loddiswell & Aveton Gifford 95.09% 4.91%
16 Ivybridge East 95.11% 4.89%
17 Wembury & Brixton 95.14% 4.86%
18 Stokenham 95.5% 4.5%
19 Bickleigh & Cornwood 95.52% 4.48%
20 Ivybridge West 95.6% 4.4%
'; Sherford is ranked 12 out of 20 wards in South Hams for the number of residents born outside of the UK.

What is the population of Sherford and South Hams?

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

Ward Population
Allington & Strete 3106
Bickleigh & Cornwood 3012
Blackawton & Stoke Fleming 2427
Charterlands 2968
Dartington & Staverton 2854
Dartmouth & East Dart 7997
Ermington & Ugborough 3187
Ivybridge East 5426
Ivybridge West 6394
Kingsbridge 5841
Loddiswell & Aveton Gifford 2855
Marldon & Littlehempston 3001
Newton & Yealmpton 6302
Salcombe & Thurlestone 5057
South Brent 5349
Stokenham 2651
Totnes 8924
Wembury & Brixton 5079
West Dart 2583
Woolwell 2933
South Hams Total 87946



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



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