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

Ebbw Vale Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

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

BenefitBlaenau GwentWales
Jobseekers Allowance (only)6.7%3.6%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)5.1%3.3%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)24.9%17.4%

Ebbw Vale Immigration Statistics

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

CountryBlaenau GwentWales
United Kingdom97.8%94.5%
Rebublic of Ireland0.1%0.4%
Other EU Countries1%1.8%
Outside the EU1%3.3%

Ebbw Vale Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

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

TenureBlaenau GwentWales
Owned32.9%35.4%
Mortgage29.1%32%
Shared0.1%0.3%
Social Rented (Council)11.1%9.8%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)12.9%6.6%
Private Rented11.4%12.7%
Other1.4%1.5%
Rent Free1%1.6%

Ebbw Vale Age Distribution Statistics

AgeBlaenau GwentWales
Age 0 to 45.8%5.8%
Age 5 to 95.1%5.3%
Age 10 to145.8%5.8%
Age 15 to 174%3.7%
Age 18 to 249.2%9.7%
Age 25 to 296.1%6.1%
Age 30 to 4419.4%18.6%
Age 45 to 5920%19.9%
Age 60 to 646.6%6.7%
Age 65 to 7410%9.8%
Age 75 to 845.8%6.1%
Age 85 and over2.1%2.4%
Mean Age40.540.6
Median Age4141

Ebbw Vale General Health Statistics

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

HealthBlaenau GwentWales
Very Good41.92%46.64%
Good30.63%31.12%
Fair16.75%14.62%
Bad8.15%5.82%
Very Bad2.54%1.81%

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

GradeBlaenau GwentWales
AB9.27%17.93%
C122.68%29.31%
C224.94%23.06%
DE43.11%29.69%

Ebbw Vale Education Statistics

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

QualificationBlaenau GwentWales
No Qualifications36%25.9%
Level 115.8%13.3%
Level 215.5%15.7%
Apprenticeship3.5%3.9%
Level 39.8%12.3%
Level 415.2%24.5%
Other4.2%4.3%



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

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