11,587 people live in the Penistone East ward, or 5% of Barnsley’s total population. 62.1% are of residents are of working age, 2% fewer than the borough average but only slightly fewer than the national average. Almost 21% are of pensionable age, over 3% more than the borough and national averages.
98.5% of the population is white, and over 97% were born in the UK. Almost 72% of residents have a religion, compared to a borough average of 69.5% and a national average of 68.1%.
The vast majority are Christians, with the remaining mainstream religions making up less than 1% of the total. 0.2% of households contain nobody whose main language is English, less than one fifth the borough average and a fraction of the national average of 4.4%.
61.5% of adult residents are married, almost 13% more than the borough average and almost 15% more than the national average. Only 20.6% are single, compared to a borough average of 31.5% and a national average of 34.6%.
76.6% of homes in Penistone East are privately owned, over 12% more than the borough and national averages. Only 11.2% of households live in social rented accommodation, compared to a national average of 17.7% and a borough average of 20.9%. 10.2% of households rent from private landlords, over 6% fewer than the national average and almost 3% fewer than the national average. Almost 52% of homes are detached houses or bungalows, more than double the borough and national averages of about 22%. 99% of homes are centrally heated and 39.3% have access to 2 cars or vans, over 14% more than the borough and national averages.
82.2% of the population feel their health is ‘very good’ or ‘good’, compared to a national average of 81.4% and a borough average of only 75.2%. 5.1% describe their health as ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’, far fewer than the borough average of 8.4% and slightly fewer than the national average of 5.4%. 8.8% of residents provide unpaid care for between 1 and 19 hours each week, over 2% more than the national average. 2.6% provide 50 or more hours of unpaid care every week, slightly more than the national average but fewer than the borough average of 3.3%.
Education and work
20.6% of the population has no educational qualifications, almost 12% fewer than the borough average and fewer too than the national average of 22.5%. 34.4% are education to degree level or above, almost double the borough average and 7% more than the national average. 68.4% of residents are economically active and only 0.8% are long term unemployed, less than half the borough average of 2.1% and national average of 1.7%.
15.2% of workers are employed in higher managerial, administrative, and professional occupations, compared to a national average of 10.4% and a borough average of only 6.2%. Only 17.7% have semi-routine or routine occupations, less than half the borough average of 35.3%. Wholesales and retail trades provide the most jobs at 14.6%, followed by human health and other social work activities at 12.3% and education at 11.3%.