St Helen's ward profile

10,250 people live in St Helen’s ward, or 4.4% of Barnsley’s total population. 63.6% are of working age, slightly more than the national average but fewer than the borough average of 64.1%. On the other hand only 14.8% are of pensionable age, 2.5% fewer than the borough and national averages.

Almost 98% of the population is white, and 96.9% were born in the UK. 67.2% of residents have a religion but almost 27% do not, compared to a borough average of 24%.

The vast majority of those who do have a religion are Christian, with the remaining mainstream faiths making up only 1% of the total. Almost one third of the population does not have a passport, almost double the national average and far higher than the borough average of 23.4%.

Household information

36.5% of adult residents in the ward are single, 5% more than the borough average. Just under 40% are married, compared to a borough average of 47.7% and a national average of 46.6%. Over 12% are divorced or in a civil partnership which is now legally dissolved, 3% more than the national average and slightly more than the borough average of 10.5%. Widowed people or surviving partners from civil partnerships account for 8.8% of the population, 1% more than the borough average. 12.5% of single parent householders are male, compared to a borough average of 11.6% and a national average of 9.7%.

Only 46.4% of homes in St Helen’s are privately owned, almost 20% fewer than the borough and national averages. Over 44% of households live in social rented accommodation, compared to a borough average of only 20.9% and a national average of 17.7%. On the other hand only 6.4% of households rent from private landlords, half the borough average. Over three quarters of homes are semi-detached houses or bungalows, compared to a borough average of 44.9% and a national average of 30.7%. Over 99% of homes are centrally heated but 37.3% do not have access to a car or van, over 10% more than the borough average and 11.5% more than the national average.

Health

71.6% of the population describe their health as ‘very good’ or ‘good’, almost 10% fewer than the national average. On the other hand 10.5% feel their health is ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’, compared to a borough average of 8.4% and a national average of only 5.4%. 8.1% of those aged 16 to 64 day to day activities are limited a lot more than double the national average of 3.6%. 4.3% of resident provide unpaid care for 50 hours or more each week, 1% more than the borough average and almost double the national average of 2.4%.

Education and work

44% of the population has no educational qualifications, almost double the national average of 22.5% and more too than the borough average of 32.3%. Only 7.7% are educated to degree level or above, compared to a borough average of 17.4% and a national average of 27.4%. 61.5% of resident’s are economically active but 3.6% are long term unemployed, 1.5% more than the borough average and more than double the national average of 1.7%.

45.9% of workers are employed in semi-routine or routine occupations, over 10% more than the borough average and over 20% more than the national average. Wholesale and retail trades employ the largest number of residents at 20.5%, followed by manufacturing at 15%.