The West Midlands has the highest proportion of people with no qualifications and one of the highest proportions of children living in workless households.
The percentage of the region’s working-age population having no qualifications in Q2 2009 was 14.5 per cent. This was similar to the North East (14.4 per cent) and compared with 11.8 per cent for the UK as a whole.
Almost a fifth of children in the region lived in workless households in Q2 2010 (19.6 per cent), second only to London (22.4 per cent) and similar to Yorkshire and The Humber (19.2 per cent).
Average gross household income in 2008/09 was £626 per week compared with the UK average of £703.
Life expectancy at birth in the West Midlands was close to the UK average. The figures were 77.5 years for males and 81.9 for females in 2007–2009 compared with 77.9 years and 82.0 respectively for the UK. Life expectancy at birth for males ranged from 74.9 in Sandwell to 80.3 years in Wychavon in Worcestershire. For females the range was 79.9 in Stoke on Trent unitary authority to 83.9 years in Wychavon.
The median dwelling price in 2009 in the West Midlands region was £142,000, compared with £170,000 for England. Within the region dwelling prices were highest in parts of Warwickshire and Worcestershire such as Stratford upon Avon (£211,000) and Malvern Hills (£194,000). The lowest median dwelling prices were in Sandwell and Wolverhampton (£110,000 and £115,000 respectively).
Crime rates for the West Midlands region were comparatively low with 73 crimes recorded per 1,000 population in 2009/10 compared with an average of 79 per 1,000 population across England. The household crime rate for 2009/10 was 2,400 per 10,000 households below the England figure of 2,600. At local authority level the highest rate for selected recorded crimes was in Stoke-on-Trent, nearly four times the rate in South Shropshire.
Source: Office for National Statistics
Qualification data are derived from the ONS’s Labour Force Survey by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
Workless household data are from Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics.
Household income data are from the Family Resources Survey, Department for Work and Pensions.
Life expectancy figures are calculated by the Office for National Statistics.
Dwelling prices data are from Communities and Local Government.
British Crime Survey and Recorded Crime are from Home Office.
Working-age population are male residents aged 16 to 64 and female residents ages 16 to 59.
Life expectancy figures are calculated as three-year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in the area in calendar years and mid-year population estimates. Rankings are based on unrounded data.
The median is the middle value, so that half of cases are above and half below that value.
The British Crime Survey provides a measure of peoples 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 incidents reported to the police so depends on victims going to the police. Population for crime rates covers those aged 16 and over.
Selected recorded crimes covers: theft of a vehicle, theft from a vehicle, vehicle interference and tampering, domestic burglary, theft of a pedal cycle, theft from a person, criminal damage, common assault, wounding and robbery (of personal property not business property). This set of crimes covers about 60 per cent of all recorded crimes.
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