Darton west ward profile

Darton west is home to 10,669 people, or 4.6% of Barnsley’s total population. 62.4% of residents are of working age, fewer than the borough and regional averages but similar to the national average. More than 20% are of pensionable age, compared to borough and regional averages of just over 17%.

Over 98% of the population is white, and 97.4% were born in the UK. 72.4% of residents have a religion, over 4% more than the national average. The largest group by far is made up of Christians, with the remaining mainstream religions representing only 0.8% of the total. Only 0.8% of households contain nobody whose main language is English, which is lower than the borough average and less than one quarter the national average.

Household information

More than 54% of adult Darton residents are married, compared to a borough average of 47.7%, and just over one quarter are single. Widowed people and surviving partners from civil partnerships account for 8.1% of the adult population, which is slightly higher than the borough, regional, and national averages. Almost 15.9% of single parent householders are men, significantly more than the national average of 9.7% and higher too than the borough average of 11.6%.

Over three quarters of homes are privately owned, compared to a borough average of 64.3%. Only 13.5% of households live in social rented accommodation, compared to almost 21% across the borough. 8.6% of households rent from private landlords, almost half the national average.

Over 80% of homes in Darton West are detached or semi-detached houses and bungalows, almost 30% more than the national average and over 15% more than the borough average. Over 99% of homes are centrally heated and only 19% do not have access to a car or van, compared to a borough average of 26.9%.


77.7% of Darton West residents describe their health as ‘very good’ or ‘good’, more than the borough average but fewer than the national average of 81.4%. On the other hand only 6.9% feel their health is ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’, compared to a borough average of 8.4%. 7.7% of the population provide unpaid care for between 1 and 19 hours each week, 1% more than the borough average. However, 3% provide unpaid care for 50 hours or more each week, which is slightly below the borough average.

Education and work

27.4% of the population have no educational qualifications, compared to a borough average of 32.3%. 23% are educated to degree level or above, which is only slightly below the regional average and almost 6% higher than the borough average. Higher managerial, administrative, and professional occupations employ 8.4% of workers, compared to only 6.2% across the borough as a whole. Wholesale and retail trades are the largest single employment group at 16.3%, followed closely by human health and social work activities at 15.3%. 47% drive a car or van to travel to work this is almost 10% more than the national average.