If you are thinking of moving to Smethwick 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 Smethwick to figures for Sandwell and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Smethwick is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.
Smethwick Benefits & Unemployment Statistics
After the introduction of Universal Credit, the government no longer publishes unemployment figures as a percentage of the working population and has no further plans to do so. They do however publish the number of Universal Credit claimants in every local district council. We have taken the LDC that includes Smethwick and compared it to the nearest councils. Please be aware that Universal Credit is a in and out of work benefit. Therefore these figures are an indicator of BOTH unemployment and underemployment.
These figures below on the claiming of legacy benefits in Smethwick are dated . They are the last published statistics of unemployment rates as a percentage of the population. Althpugh outdated, these statistics can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and how hard it could be to get employment in the area.The rate of unemployment in Smethwick is both higher than the average for and higher than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe hard. The rate of claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 25% higher in Smethwick than the national average, suggesting that many people maybe under employed or on a low salary.
|Jobseekers Allowance (only)||6.5%||3.3%|
|Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)||3%||2.4%|
|Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)||20.7%||13.5%|
Smethwick Immigration Statistics
These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Smethwick are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Smethwick 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.
|Rebublic of Ireland||0.5%||0.7%|
|Other EU Countries||3.2%||3.7%|
|Outside the EU||12.2%||9.4%|
Smethwick 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. Smethwick has 20% less Higher and Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional households than the national average.
Smethwick Age Distribution Statistics
The population of Smethwick as a whole, is younger than the national average. The population of Smethwick is also older than the average, making Smethwick a older persons location.
|Age 0 to 4||7.4%||6.3%|
|Age 5 to 9||6.6%||5.6%|
|Age 10 to14||6.3%||5.8%|
|Age 15 to 17||3.9%||3.7%|
|Age 18 to 24||9.3%||9.4%|
|Age 25 to 29||7.5%||6.9%|
|Age 30 to 44||21%||20.6%|
|Age 45 to 59||17.8%||19.4%|
|Age 60 to 64||4.9%||6%|
|Age 65 to 74||8%||8.6%|
|Age 75 to 84||5.2%||5.5%|
|Age 85 and over||2%||2.3%|
Smethwick Education Statistics
These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Smethwick and are from the UK Census of 2011. Smethwick has a high level of residents with either no qualifications or qualifications equal to 1 or more GCSE at grade D or below, than the national average.
Smethwick General Health Statistics
The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Smethwick. The percentage of residents in Smethwick rating their health as 'very good' is less than the national average. Also the percentage of residents in Smethwick rating their health as 'very bad' is more than the national average, suggesting that the health of the residents of Smethwick is generally worse than in the average person in England.
Smethwick Property Ownership & Rental Statistics
Smethwick has a lower rate of home ownership (via a mortgage or owned outright) than the national average, which suggests that Smethwick is an economically deprived area.
|Social Rented (Council)||22.7%||9.4%|
|Social Rented (Housing Assoc)||4.8%||8.3%|
Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.