Royston ward profile

10,728 people live in Royston, or 4.6% of Barnsley’s total population. 63.9% of residents are of working age, slightly fewer than the borough average but more than the national average of 62.5%. 17.2% are of pensionable age, which is in line with regional and national averages.

Almost 99% of the population is white, and 98% were born in the UK. 72.6% of residents have a religion, compared to a borough average of 69.5% and a national average of 68.1%.

The vast majority are Christian, with the remaining mainstream religions making up only 0.7% of the total. Only 0.5% of households contain nobody whose main language is English, less than half the borough average and far fewer than the national average of 4.4%.

Household information

30.1% of adult Royston residents are single, slightly fewer than the borough average of 31.5% and the national average of 34.6%. 48.9% are married, about 1% more than the borough average and over 2% more than the national average. Widowed people and surviving partners from civil partnerships account for 8% of the adult population, compared to a borough average of 7.8% and a national average of 6.9%. 14.2% of lone parent householders are men, over 2.5% more than the borough average and significantly more than the national average of 9.7%.

Just over two thirds of homes in Royston are privately owned, compared to a borough average of 64.3% and a national average of 63.3%. 20.7% of households lives in social rented accommodation, only slightly less than the borough average but 3% more than the national average. Just 10.3% of households rent from private landlords, over 2.5% fewer than the borough average and over 6.5% fewer than the national average. Almost three quarters of homes are detached or semi-detached houses and bungalows, compared to a national average of only 53%. Over 99% of homes are centrally heated but just over one quarter do not have access to a car or van, though this is slightly fewer than the borough and national averages.

Health

74.9% of the population feel their health is ‘very good’ or ‘good’, slightly more than the borough average but fewer than the national average of 81.4%. On the other hand 8.1% describe their health as ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’, compared to a borough average of 8.4% and a national average of 5.4%. 7.2% of residents provide unpaid care for between 1 and 19 hours a week, slightly more than the borough and national averages. 3.2% provide unpaid care for 50 or more hours each week, which is in line with the borough average but more than the national average of 2.4%.

Education and work

32% of Royston residents have no qualifications, over 10% more than the national average but slightly fewer than the borough average. Wholesale and retail trades employ the most workers at 17.6%, followed by manufacturing at 14.8%. Only 4% work in higher professional occupations, half the national average.