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

Sholing Common Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Sholing Common 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.

BenefitSouthamptonEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)2.8%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)2.3%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)13%13.5%

Sholing Common Age Distribution Statistics

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

AgeSouthamptonEngland
Age 0 to 46.5%6.3%
Age 5 to 95%5.6%
Age 10 to144.9%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.1%3.7%
Age 18 to 2416.9%9.4%
Age 25 to 299.2%6.9%
Age 30 to 4420.6%20.6%
Age 45 to 5916.2%19.4%
Age 60 to 644.6%6%
Age 65 to 746.5%8.6%
Age 75 to 844.5%5.5%
Age 85 and over2%2.3%
Mean Age36.139.3
Median Age3239

Sholing Common Education Statistics

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

QualificationSouthamptonEngland
No Qualifications21%22.5%
Level 112.9%13.3%
Level 213.9%15.2%
Apprenticeship3.7%3.6%
Level 317.3%12.4%
Level 424.6%27.4%
Other6.6%5.7%

Sholing Common 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.

GradeSouthamptonEngland
AB18.87%22.96%
C132.20%30.92%
C220.43%20.64%
DE28.50%25.49%

Sholing Common Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

Sholing Common has a lower rate of home ownership (via a mortgage or owned outright) than the national average, which suggests that Sholing Common is an economically deprived area.

TenureSouthamptonEngland
Owned21.7%30.6%
Mortgage28.1%32.8%
Shared1%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)16.9%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)6.3%8.3%
Private Rented23.4%15.4%
Other1.5%1.4%
Rent Free1.1%1.3%

Sholing Common General Health Statistics

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

HealthSouthamptonEngland
Very Good47.56%47.17%
Good34.99%34.22%
Fair12.36%13.12%
Bad3.89%4.25%
Very Bad1.20%1.25%

Sholing Common Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Sholing Common are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Sholing Common has a lower level of residents born in the UK than the national average and a higher rate of residents either born in other EU countries or outside the EU, it does have a significant immigrant population.

CountrySouthamptonEngland
United Kingdom82.4%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.6%0.7%
Other EU Countries6.7%3.7%
Outside the EU10.3%9.4%



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

Do you live in Sholing Common? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


  • Doodlebug

    I’m currently purchasing a house which backs onto Sholing Common and am very concerned by your words! Could you please tell me which road you live on? Thanks.

  • Sunshine

    The worst thing about living by Sholing Common is the allotments that were put here in spring 2009. Before the allotments, the valley was home to a great variety of wild life and people used to enjoy the area and the horses that were allowed to roam freely along the valley. There are two allotment sites – Muddy Bottom East and Muddy Bottom West – separated by a stream that drains into the Millers Pond conservation area further along the valley. The stream is contaminated by bodily waste as allotment holders use this for the purpose that toilets would be used for. Muddy Bottom East allotments look tidy; they are well-layed out although you might want to close your eyes to the out-of-place Rhodesia and Zimbabwe flags flying high from a very tall flag pole, and plug up your ears when the people allowed to saw up and store logs get their chain saws out. Muddy Bottom East is a shanty town – a mix-match of usually do-it-yourself sheds, a playhouse with a bubblegumpink from door, a few metal sheds that look like they may have been comandeered from the council, spurmarket trolleys, plastic windtunnels etc. Nothing matches. Some plots have minimal cultivation. The trick is to dig a small area and cover it up with an opaque plastic sheet so that no one can see what is underneath and then you spend your days picnicking and sunbathing whilst nothing ever grows on your “allotment”. Oh, and you may also be collecting job seekers allowance – whilst never actually seeking a job because you are hidden away where no one will ever find you! And the smell…rotten compost, stinking manure, human waste including excretia – householders daren’t open windows and doors in the spring,summer, autumn months. At the side of my house, someone regularly sleeps in a shed on his plot, cooking meals in his chiminea. Some plot holders use calor gas and instead of gardening, they regularly congregate for cups of tea, glasses of wine, chit-chat etc. Barbecues and bonfires are the norm so you can’t hang out washing either. They are out there from daybreak to dark – which means from 5 or 6am to 9 or 10pm. This morning I was woken up by banging at 5.13am, only to find that a horse had been tethered up overnight on an allotment plot – short lead,can’tgo very far, no visible food or drink and no shelter for the poor animal. Did I mention the music? A woman a few hundred metres down the valley plays her radio so loud that I, inside my house with doors and windows closed – can hear exactly what is being played. Another person listens to radio 5 sport at weekends and turns his radio up so loud that the sound is distorted and can be heard even on the main road (where of course no one can see where the noise is coming from). Plot 17 have just returned – presumably to finish painting the bubble-gum pink play house. Chav city? That is Sholing, whose inhabitants are a mixture between some nice, well behaved, considerate inhabitants and others who don’t care a toss for those who may be offended by their anti social behaviour. I don’t remember the area always being like this. Having lived here for nearly 50 years, this area has certainly down-marketed itself – and it’s people (CHAVS) who bring an area down. Obviously I’d like to move, will do one day I hope. I should just mention – my doors and windows are closed and I can hear plot holders “talking” – or rather SHOUTING – to other plot holders several metres away. You might want to try an experiment – conduct a shouted conversation with your neighbour 500 metres or so further up the road from your house. Do it from garden to garden. Just because you’re out in the open doesn’t mean you are not making a noise and causing a nusance. Then get all your neighbours to join in – try about 96 of them. That’s how many “allotments” there are in close proximity to my house, some with two people in attendance, others with entire families. That is a lot of people to disturb the peace. CHAVS – love this CHAVTASTIC website, which I found by accident. I welcome the opportunity to rant about CHAVCITYSHOLING – common is the word!