Dearne south ward profile

Dearne south is home to 11,889 people, or 5.1% of Barnsley’s total population. 65.8% of residents are of working age, slightly more than the borough average. Only 13.7% of the population are of pensionable age, almost 4% below the borough and national averages.

Over 98% of the population is white, and 97.7% were born in the UK. 68% have a religion, slightly fewer than the borough average but very close to the national average.

Most are Christian, with the remaining mainstream religions making up only 0.5% of the total. 0.9% of households contain nobody whose main language is English, slightly fewer than the borough average and less than one quarter the national average.

Household information

One third of adult residents are single, slightly more than the borough average. However, only 26.8% of households consist of a single person, compared to a borough average of 29.5% and a national average of 30.2%. Just over 46% or the adult population is married, which is slightly below the borough, regional, and national averages. Single family households make up 68.5% of all households.

64.9% of homes in Dearne South are privately owned, compared to a borough average of 64.3% and a national average of 63.3%. 17.3% of households live in social rented accommodation, more than 3% fewer than the borough average and slightly below the national average. On the other hand 16.2% of households rent from private landlords, which is similar to regional and national averages. Over 99% of homes are centrally heated. 27.8% of households do not have access to a car or van, which is only slightly higher than the borough average.

Health

72.7% of the population feel their health is ‘very good’ or ‘good’, almost 10% fewer than the national average but only 2.5% below the borough average. On the other hand 9.8% describe their health as ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’, compared to a borough average of 8.4% and a national average of 5.4%. Over 14% of the population day to day activities are limited a lot this is significantly higher than the national average of 8.3%. 3.6% of residents provide unpaid care for 50 hours or more each week, slightly higher than the borough average and 1.2% higher than the national average.

Education and work

35.8% of residents have no educational qualifications, over 13% more than the national average and 3.5% more than the borough average. Only 11.6% are educated to degree level or above, less than half the national average.

38.3% of workers are employed in routine or semi-routine occupations, compared to a borough average of 35.3% and a national average of 25%. 2.7% work in higher professional occupations, about one third the national average. Wholesale and retail trades form the largest source of employment at 17.9%, followed by manufacturing at 12.8% and construction at 12.3%.