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

Watford Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

TenureWatfordHertfordshireEngland
Owned24.4%30%30.6%
Mortgage37.2%36.8%32.8%
Shared1.2%0.9%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)4%9.2%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)12.3%9%8.3%
Private Rented18.9%12.1%15.4%
Other1.2%1%1.4%
Rent Free0.8%1%1.3%

Watford Age Distribution Statistics

The population of Watford as a whole, is younger than the national average. However, population of Watford is older than the Hertfordshire average.

AgeWatfordHertfordshireEngland
Age 0 to 47.5%6.6%6.3%
Age 5 to 96%5.9%5.6%
Age 10 to145.9%6.2%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.7%3.9%3.7%
Age 18 to 248.5%8.1%9.4%
Age 25 to 298.9%6.3%6.9%
Age 30 to 4424.9%21.7%20.6%
Age 45 to 5917.9%20.1%19.4%
Age 60 to 644.4%5.6%6%
Age 65 to 746.4%7.8%8.6%
Age 75 to 844.2%5.5%5.5%
Age 85 and over1.7%2.3%2.3%
Mean Age36.53939.3
Median Age353939

Watford Education Statistics

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

QualificationWatfordHertfordshireEngland
No Qualifications17.5%18.2%22.5%
Level 113.3%13.8%13.3%
Level 215%15.7%15.2%
Apprenticeship2.9%3.2%3.6%
Level 311.7%11.8%12.4%
Level 432.2%32.1%27.4%
Other7.5%5%5.7%

Watford 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.

GradeWatfordHertfordshireEngland
AB27.06%30.43%22.96%
C133.00%32.67%30.92%
C219.92%18.87%20.64%
DE20.02%18.03%25.49%

Watford Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Watford 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. The rate of claiming any benefit (which includes in work benefits) is more than 10% lower in Watford than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

BenefitWatfordHertfordshireEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)2.7%2.1%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)2%1.7%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)10.3%9.4%13.5%

Watford Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Watford are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Watford 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.

CountryWatfordHertfordshireEngland
United Kingdom75.3%86.6%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland1.6%1.1%0.7%
Other EU Countries6%3.7%3.7%
Outside the EU17%8.6%9.4%

Watford General Health Statistics

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

HealthWatfordHertfordshireEngland
Very Good50.05%50.90%47.17%
Good34.83%33.92%34.22%
Fair10.98%11.25%13.12%
Bad3.25%3.07%4.25%
Very Bad0.89%0.85%1.25%


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

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