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

Aberfan Education Statistics

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

QualificationMerthyr TydfilWales
No Qualifications34.3%25.9%
Level 114.3%13.3%
Level 215.1%15.7%
Apprenticeship3.7%3.9%
Level 310.1%12.3%
Level 417.8%24.5%
Other4.9%4.3%

Aberfan General Health Statistics

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

HealthMerthyr TydfilWales
Very Good44.13%46.64%
Good28.84%31.12%
Fair15.86%14.62%
Bad8.35%5.82%
Very Bad2.82%1.81%

Aberfan Immigration Statistics

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

CountryMerthyr TydfilWales
United Kingdom95.5%94.5%
Rebublic of Ireland0.2%0.4%
Other EU Countries2.7%1.8%
Outside the EU1.6%3.3%

Aberfan Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Aberfan 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 unemployment in Aberfan 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 Aberfan than the national average, suggesting that many people maybe under employed or on a low salary.

BenefitMerthyr TydfilWales
Jobseekers Allowance (only)5.4%3.6%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)4.6%3.3%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)24%17.4%

Aberfan Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

Aberfan has a lower rate of home ownership (via a mortgage or owned outright) than the national average, which suggests that Aberfan is an economically deprived area.

TenureMerthyr TydfilWales
Owned34.1%35.4%
Mortgage31.2%32%
Shared0.2%0.3%
Social Rented (Council)9.8%9.8%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)11.3%6.6%
Private Rented10.3%12.7%
Other1.3%1.5%
Rent Free1.9%1.6%

Aberfan Age Distribution Statistics

The population of Aberfan as a whole, is younger than the national average. The population of Aberfan is also older than the average, making Aberfan a older persons location.

AgeMerthyr TydfilWales
Age 0 to 46.2%5.8%
Age 5 to 95.3%5.3%
Age 10 to145.9%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.9%3.7%
Age 18 to 249.2%9.7%
Age 25 to 297.1%6.1%
Age 30 to 4418.9%18.6%
Age 45 to 5920.3%19.9%
Age 60 to 646.4%6.7%
Age 65 to 749.1%9.8%
Age 75 to 845.6%6.1%
Age 85 and over2%2.4%
Mean Age39.740.6
Median Age4041

Aberfan 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. Aberfan has 20% less Higher and Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional households than the national average.

GradeMerthyr TydfilWales
AB11.32%17.93%
C126.62%29.31%
C223.07%23.06%
DE38.99%29.69%


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

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