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Census figures for 2001 released

The new Census boundaries
A rough sketch of the new census boundaries taken from the map on the National Statistics site. The area outlined in blue is the Brookmans Park and Little Heath Ward
The latest census figures, published by National Statistics, show that at the time of the 2001 census, the population of Brookmans Park and Little Heath was 5,937 people living in 2,199 households.

Of those, 47% were male and 53% female. The average age of people living in the area was 40.5 years, which is above the national average of 38.6 years.

The boundaries have changed from the time the last census was carried out, which means it is not possible to make accurate comparisons with previous figures.

The Brookmans Park and Little Heath Ward has now been extended to the east to include parts of Newgate Street, Wild Hill and Woodside, but trimmed to the west to leave out most of Hawkshead Lane and the site of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

In the following paragraphs the numbers (in brackets) refer to the national average. This will show whether Brookmans Park and Little Heath is above or below the average.

You can read the National Statistics figures in full by going to this page and typing in your postcode. However the main details are also presented below.

The largest age group is 30-59 with 41.8% (41.5%) and the next largest is the under-16 age group with 20.9% (20.2%). The area has 8.6% (7.6%) of the population 75 and over.

The majority of residents are married or re-married 62.7% (50.9%) and the second largest group are the single people who have never married 24.0% (30.1%). Widowed people make up 7.4% (8.4%).

The largest ethnic group are white 95.4% (90.9%) and the largest religious group is Christian 74.2% (71.8%) followed by those professing no religion 11.7% (14.8%). There is a Jewish population of 3% (0.5%) and a Muslim population of 1.2% (3.0%). Hindus make up 0.9% (1.1%) and Buddhists 0.4% (0.3%).

When asked during the 2001 census about their health over the previous 12 months, 76.4% (68.6%) described feeling ‘good’. A total of 19.1% (22.2%) said they felt ‘fairly good’ and 4.4% (9.2%) described feeling ‘not good’. Those with a limiting long-term illness totalled 11.9% (18.2%).

The 2001 census found that 10.8% (10%) of people were providing unpaid voluntary care to look after a loved one, neighbour or friend.

There were 61.6% (60.6%) in employment and 14.4% (13.6%) retired. The local unemployment rate was 1.3% (3.4%) and of those 30% were aged 50 and over and 6% had never worked with 24% long-term unemployed.

The total number of full-time students and schoolchildren aged 16 to 74 amounted to 408 (2,648,992). This is 6.9% (5.1%) of the total resident population.

There were 21.5% (30.0%) one-person households. Another 32.5% (29.5%) of households contained dependent children. The percentage of pensioners living alone was 14.8% (14.4%) and the number of owner-occupied homes was 87.3% (68.9%).

Those with two or more cars or vans amounted to 58.8% (29.4%) and 2.6% (8.5%) didn’t have central heating.

The average household size (number of people) was 2.6 (2.4) and the average number of rooms per household 6.8 (5.3)

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3 July 2003

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