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5 January, 2004

Census summary

From the UK's National Statistics website, and hence 2001 census, I see that my electoral ward, John O'Gaunt, has a population of 7,100, from a total of 133,914 resident in Lancaster.  On Census Day 2001 (29 April), the UK population was 58,789,194, of which 49,138,831 were in England.  That means my ward contains 0.012% of the UK population ;)

In terms of marital status, the ward is anomalous, with a high proportion of single (never married) people, at 53.2% (all Lancaster (L): 32.8, England & Wales (E&W): 30.1).

95.5% are white (L: 97.8, England: 90.9), 70.3% claim to be christian (L: 76.3, E&W: 71.8), though 19.1% claim no religion (13.6, 14.8), and I doubt those 70.3% practice regularly!

Residents tend to describe their health as 'good' (ward: 72.7, L: 67.4, E&W: 68.6), very few are 'not good' (6.9, 9.9, 9.2), but I suspect this is related to the age structure of the ward, with 37.8% between 16 and 29 (L: 20.4, E&W: 17.5).

That in turn is easily explained: students. Whilst 47.4% of residents are employed (L: 54.0, E&W: 60.6) and 2.5% are unemployed (3.6, 3.4), 10.4% are 'economically active full-time students' i.e. students with part-time jobs (L: 4.0, E&W: 2.6) and a massive 22.5% are 'economically inactive students' (9.6 4.7). That translates to a percentage of total resident population of 26.3% (over 1 in 4), compared to 9.7% (approx 1 in 10) for Lancaster and 5.1% (1 in 20) for England & Wales. However, there are distinct clusters of student housing in the ward, and I don't live in one of them; my unscientific impression is that my street is mainly occupied by young families and pensioners, probably because the houses are quite small.

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