10,680 people live in Kingstone, or 4.6% of Barnsley’s total population. 67.6% of residents are of working age, 5% more than the national average and 3.5% more than the borough average. Just over 13% are of pensionable age, 4% fewer than the borough and national averages.
95.3% of the population is white, which is 10% higher than the national average but lower than the borough average of 97.9%. The largest minority group consists of Asian and Asian British residents, who make up just under 2% of the population. 92.2% of the population was born in the UK, but 3.9% started life in other parts of the EU.
65.5% of residents have a religion, compared to a national average of 68.1% and a borough average of 69.5%. The vast majority are Christian, although Muslims account for 1.2% of the total. 4.6% of households contain nobody whose main language is English, more than three times higher than the borough average and slightly more than the national average.
41.1% of adult Kingstone residents are single, over 6% more than the national average. 37.4% of households consist of one person, compared to a national average of 30.2% and a borough average of 29.5%. 35.7% of the adult population is married, 12% below the borough average and 11% below the national average. One family households account for only 56.4% of the total number of households, compared to a national average of 61.8% and a borough average of 66.1%.
53% of homes in Kingstone are privately owned, more than 11% fewer than the borough average. 20.3% of households live in social rented accommodation, which is over 2% more than the national average but only slightly less than the borough average. However, 23.9% of households rent from private landlords, more than the national average and double the borough average. Over 98% of homes are centrally heated but almost 40% do not have access to a car or van, compared to a borough average of 26.9% and a national average of 25.8%.
76.7% of the population feel their health is ‘very good’ or ‘good’, which is higher than the borough average but lower than the national average of 81.4%. On the other hand 8.1% describe their health as ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’, slightly fewer than the borough average but almost 3% more than the national average. Just under 10% of residents provide unpaid care each week, which is slightly lower than the borough and national averages.
Education and work
31.1% of Kingstone residents have no educational qualifications, compared to 32.3% across the borough but only 22.5% nationally. 16.2% are educated to degree level or above, only slightly fewer than the borough average but over 11% fewer than the national average.
39% of workers are employed in semi-routine and routine occupations, 14% more than the national average. Wholesale and retail trades are the largest employer in the ward at 17.8%, followed by human health and social work activities at 14.8%.