Written by Anonymous Visitor and posted in Statistics

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

Benfleet General Health Statistics

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

HealthCastle PointEssexEngland
Very Good43.49%47.13%47.17%
Good36.12%34.94%34.22%
Fair14.73%13.10%13.12%
Bad4.40%3.74%4.25%
Very Bad1.26%1.09%1.25%

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

GradeCastle PointEssexEngland
AB16.51%22.55%22.96%
C133.78%33.54%30.92%
C227.49%22.53%20.64%
DE22.21%21.39%25.49%

Benfleet Immigration Statistics

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

CountryCastle PointEssexEngland
United Kingdom96.4%92.8%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.6%0.7%0.7%
Other EU Countries0.9%2.2%3.7%
Outside the EU2.1%4.4%9.4%

Benfleet Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Benfleet 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 Benfleet than the national average, suggesting higher salaries than the average in the area.

BenefitCastle PointEssexEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)2.6%2.6%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)2.3%2.1%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)12%11.5%13.5%

Benfleet Age Distribution Statistics

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

AgeCastle PointEssexEngland
Age 0 to 44.7%5.9%6.3%
Age 5 to 95%5.6%5.6%
Age 10 to145.9%6%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.9%3.9%3.7%
Age 18 to 247.7%8%9.4%
Age 25 to 294.8%5.6%6.9%
Age 30 to 4417.7%19.8%20.6%
Age 45 to 5920.5%20.3%19.4%
Age 60 to 648.1%6.8%6%
Age 65 to 7411.9%9.6%8.6%
Age 75 to 847%6.2%5.5%
Age 85 and over2.6%2.5%2.3%
Mean Age43.240.939.3
Median Age454139

Benfleet Education Statistics

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

QualificationCastle PointEssexEngland
No Qualifications29.9%23.9%22.5%
Level 118%16.1%13.3%
Level 217.8%17.2%15.2%
Apprenticeship4.6%3.8%3.6%
Level 310.6%11.6%12.4%
Level 414.6%23%27.4%
Other4.4%4.5%5.7%

Benfleet Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

Benfleet has a higher rate of home ownership, either outright or via a mortgage than the national average, which suggests that Benfleet is a relatively affluent area.

TenureCastle PointEssexEngland
Owned43.1%34.7%30.6%
Mortgage39.5%36.7%32.8%
Shared0.3%0.6%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)4%7.9%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)1.4%6.4%8.3%
Private Rented9.8%11.4%15.4%
Other1.1%1.2%1.4%
Rent Free0.9%1.1%1.3%


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

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