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Regional Profiles - Social Indicators - North West - February 2012

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Median prices of dwellings changing ownership, 2009

Five lowest local authorities

Median house prices in Burnley, Pendle, Hull, Hyndburn and Stoke around £80,000 in 2009
Source: Communities and Local Government

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The North West has the local authorities with the lowest house prices and the unitary authority (UA) with lowest male life expectancy in England.

The median house price in the North West in 2009 was £130,000 compared with the England figure of £170,000. This is one of the lowest among the English regions, the same as Yorkshire and The Humber and a little above the North East (£120,000). There is wide variation at local authority level. Burnley, Pendle and Hyndburn had three of the five lowest median house prices in England, at £75,000, £84,000 and £85,000 respectively. In contrast the median house price in South Lakeland was £188,000.

The North West has among the lowest life expectancies at birth in the UK. For the three-year period 2008 to 2010 the estimates for males were 77.0 years compared with 78.2 years for the UK and for females, 81.1 years compared with 82.3 years. Within the region, life expectancy at birth for males was lowest for Blackpool UA (73.6 years). The lowest female life expectancy was in Manchester at 79.1 years. The highest life expectancy at birth for both males and females was in Eden (80.1 and 83.9 years respectively).

The North West had one of the highest percentages in Great Britain of people who smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day in 2009, 6 per cent of women and 8 per cent of men.

The North West has among the highest proportions of one person households (30 per cent in 2010) and lone parent households with dependent children (7.8 per cent) in England.

In Q2 2011, 18.9 per cent of children were living in workless households, compared with 15.8 per cent in the UK.

Over half (56 per cent) of 16-year-olds in the region were in full-time further education in 2009/10. This was the highest proportion in the UK.

The household crime rate was 2,500 per 10,000 households in 2010/11, similar to the England average of 2,520. The police recorded crime rate was 76 per 1,000 population for the North West, also similar to the England average (75 per 1,000 population).

The median equivalised disposable weekly household income after housing costs in the North West was £339, in the three-year period 2007/08 to 2009/10, compared with £356 for England.

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Background notes

  1. Notes:

    This profile is based on the latest published data at the time of writing.

    The information on median house price is based on the prices paid for all dwellings (houses/flats) which changed ownership during 2009, excluding those bought at non-market prices.

    The median is the middle value, so that half of cases are above and half below that value.

    Life expectancy figures are based on mortality among those living in the area in calendar years and mid-year population estimates. Rankings of the areas with the highest and lowest life expectancies are based on unrounded data. The data are a three year average.

    Smoking data is age-related, and therefore the population composition of the region affects the results. The proportion of minority ethnic population in each region also has an impact.

    Workless households are households with at least one person aged 16 to 64, where no-one aged 16 or over is in employment. Children refers to all children under 16.

    The British Crime Survey provides a measure of people’s experience of crime based on responses to a survey of households and does not cover all types of crime, for example fraud or forgery or crimes against commercial property. Recorded crime covers offences reported to and recorded by the police. Population for crime rates covers those aged 16 and over.

    Disposable household income is net of income tax, National Insurance, contributions to personal pension schemes, child maintenance and Council Tax and is adjusted for household size and composition (equivalised). The ‘after housing costs’ measure will partly take into account differences in the cost of living between regions as housing costs include rent, water rates, mortgage interest payment, building insurance premiums, ground rent and service charges. The data are a three year average.

  2. Sources:

    House prices data are from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

    Life expectancy figures are calculated by the Office for National Statistics.

    Smoking data are from the General Lifestyle Survey, Office for National Statistics.

    Household type data are from the Annual Population Survey, Office for National Statistics.

    Workless household data are from the Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics.

    Post-compulsory education and government-supported training data are from the Department for Education.

    British Crime Survey and Recorded Crime data are from the Home Office.

    Household income data are from the Households Below Average Income series, Department for Work and Pensions.

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Further information

Regional Trends, No. 43 - Portrait of the North West, 2011 Edition (Pdf 1392Kb) - The Portrait of the North West presents a wide range of data giving an overview of what it is like to live or work in the North West. The article provides a wide range of information covering infrastructure, demographic, environmental and economic statistics for the region. It includes information for districts, unitary and local authorities which allows comparison between the various areas and the rest of the UK.

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