If you are thinking of moving to Upper Forge 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 Upper Forge to figures for Shropshire and nationally. These statistics can tell you if Upper Forge is an economically deprived area and how hard it might be to get a job.
Upper Forge Immigration Statistics
These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Upper Forge are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Upper Forge 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.
|Rebublic of Ireland||0.4%||0.7%|
|Other EU Countries||2%||3.7%|
|Outside the EU||2.3%||9.4%|
Upper Forge 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 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. Upper Forge is in the local authority with the highest number of Universal Credit claimants in the area.
These figures below on the claiming of legacy benefits in Upper Forge 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 Althpugh outdated, these statistics can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and how hard it could be to get employment in the area.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 claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 10% lower in Upper Forge than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.
|Jobseekers Allowance (only)||2.2%||3.3%|
|Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)||1.7%||2.4%|
|Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)||10.4%||13.5%|
Source: English Indices of Deprivation 2019
Upper Forge 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.
Upper Forge Property Ownership & Rental Statistics
|Social Rented (Council)||5%||9.4%|
|Social Rented (Housing Assoc)||8.5%||8.3%|
Upper Forge General Health Statistics
The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Upper Forge. The percentage of residents in Upper Forge rating their health as 'very good' is less than the national average.
Upper Forge Education Statistics
These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Upper Forge and are from the UK Census of 2011.
Upper Forge Age Distribution Statistics
The population of Upper Forge as a whole, is older than the national average. The population of Upper Forge is also older than the average, making Upper Forge a older persons location.
|Age 0 to 4||5.1%||6.3%|
|Age 5 to 9||5.1%||5.6%|
|Age 10 to14||5.9%||5.8%|
|Age 15 to 17||4%||3.7%|
|Age 18 to 24||7.7%||9.4%|
|Age 25 to 29||5.1%||6.9%|
|Age 30 to 44||18.1%||20.6%|
|Age 45 to 59||21.1%||19.4%|
|Age 60 to 64||7.3%||6%|
|Age 65 to 74||11.2%||8.6%|
|Age 75 to 84||6.8%||5.5%|
|Age 85 and over||2.7%||2.3%|
What is the population of Upper Forge and Shropshire?
The table below contains the populations figures for each ward in Shropshire including Upper Forge. These population ONS figures are estimated are dated Mid 2020.
|Alveley and Claverley||4136|
|Bayston Hill, Column and Sutton||12460|
|Bridgnorth East and Astley Abbotts||6899|
|Bridgnorth West and Tasley||7253|
|Castlefields and Ditherington||4610|
|Chirbury and Worthen||3021|
|Church Stretton and Craven Arms||9272|
|Gobowen, Selattyn and Weston Rhyn||7016|
|Market Drayton East||5636|
|Market Drayton West||8920|
|Quarry and Coton Hill||4937|
|Ruyton and Baschurch||4438|
|Shifnal South and Cosford||6650|
Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.