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

Houghton General Health Statistics

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

HealthCarlisleCumbriaEngland
Very Good45.19%45.02%47.17%
Good34.87%34.57%34.22%
Fair13.98%14.40%13.12%
Bad4.62%4.72%4.25%
Very Bad1.34%1.30%1.25%

Houghton Education Statistics

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

QualificationCarlisleCumbriaEngland
No Qualifications24.9%24.2%22.5%
Level 114.8%13.6%13.3%
Level 216.4%15.9%15.2%
Apprenticeship4.6%5.4%3.6%
Level 312.6%12.3%12.4%
Level 422.2%24.6%27.4%
Other4.6%4%5.7%

Houghton Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

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

TenureCarlisleCumbriaEngland
Owned34.7%39.2%30.6%
Mortgage33.6%31.5%32.8%
Shared0.7%0.5%0.8%
Social Rented (Council)2.7%4.8%9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc)12.6%9.5%8.3%
Private Rented12.9%11.3%15.4%
Other1.4%1.5%1.4%
Rent Free1.5%1.6%1.3%

Houghton Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Houghton 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.

BenefitCarlisleCumbriaEngland
Jobseekers Allowance (only)2.8%2.5%3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA)2.5%2.6%2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits)13.8%13.2%13.5%

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

GradeCarlisleCumbriaEngland
AB15.66%18.57%22.96%
C127.37%26.00%30.92%
C225.07%26.76%20.64%
DE31.91%28.68%25.49%

Houghton Immigration Statistics

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

CountryCarlisleCumbriaEngland
United Kingdom95.1%96.3%86.2%
Rebublic of Ireland0.3%0.2%0.7%
Other EU Countries2.5%1.6%3.7%
Outside the EU2.2%1.9%9.4%

Houghton Age Distribution Statistics

The population of Houghton as a whole, is older than the national average. However, the population of Houghton is younger than the Cumbria average.

AgeCarlisleCumbriaEngland
Age 0 to 45.6%5.1%6.3%
Age 5 to 95.1%4.9%5.6%
Age 10 to145.3%5.5%5.8%
Age 15 to 173.4%3.7%3.7%
Age 18 to 248.8%7.4%9.4%
Age 25 to 296.2%5.3%6.9%
Age 30 to 4419.1%18.3%20.6%
Age 45 to 5921.1%21.7%19.4%
Age 60 to 646.7%7.6%6%
Age 65 to 749.7%11.1%8.6%
Age 75 to 846.3%6.8%5.5%
Age 85 and over2.5%2.6%2.3%
Mean Age41.342.939.3
Median Age424439



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

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