Walkden South ward profile


The following profile covers the Walkden South ward (which is outlined in the map below). The profile provides a general overview of the major issues within Walkden South. The profile is based upon the latest statistical information available to the council. Information has come from a range of sources including the 2001 census and the 2004 Index of Multiple Deprivation. The profile also compares the situation in Walkden South in relation to the rest of the city. All averages mentioned are the city average unless otherwise stated.

Deprivation in Walkden South

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Local amenities

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Key statistics

Population 10,170
Area (hectare) 361.04 ha
Urban population density 36.4 per hectare
City rank 10th
  • Medium residential density
  • Population is older than average.. The biggest age band is 50-54, while there is a dip of young people between 20-34
  • Population growth from 1991 to 2001 (+20 people) has seen a varied increase/decrease across all age groups. The notable changes are a fall in the number of infants, and young people aged 20-29, while there has been a rise in the number of working age people in their 50’s
  • The population change (%) shows the highest growth in the 90+ age group
  • 85% of people say they are Christian
  • One household in four is made up of pensioners only
  • High % of married or remarried households (with and without children).

Improving health

  • The majority of people (2 in 3) say they have ‘good health’
  • Of those doing unpaid care an above average % do 1-19 hours per week.

Reducing crime

  • The crime rate has been decreasing since 2003
  • Significant reduction in burglary of dwellings
  • There has been a rise in theft of and from motors since 2004.

Encouraging learning, leisure and creativity

  • Education results for Key Stage 2 in 2005 were  above average for Maths, and Science
  • GCSE attainment (5+ A*-C grades) is better than average
  • Above average proportion of young people achieving levels 2, 4/5 and ‘other qualifications’.

Investing in young people

  • Walkden High School has higher than average proportions of school leavers staying on for education and training
  • A high proportion of Harrop Fold pupils were not in education, employment of training after they left school in 2005
  • Female lone parents tend to be in full-time employment.

Promoting inclusion

  • A higher % of working people are employers, managers and  professionals
  • There has been a slight increase in households claiming housing or council tax benefits
  • Ranked 17th in Salford by the Index of Multiple Deprivation
  • Average income has increased by 45% compared to an of 53% across the city.

Creating prosperity

  • The % of working age people who are self-employed, retired or in PT or FT employment is above average
  • The % of working age people in agriculture, utilities, and education,  the financial and construction sectors, public administration and is above average
  • Unemployment is below average.

Enhancing life

  • Most residential properties are detached or semi-detached properties
  • 7% of local dwellings are flats
  • The vast majority of dwellings are owner occupied,  outright or with a mortgage
  • Net increase of 138 properties in the last ten years
  • House prices have increased by 75% compared to an average of 66% since 2002
  • Turnover of property is below average
  • Proportionately more  people travel to work by car/van
  • Each household has an average of 1.1 cars per household compared to an city average of 0.8
  • One of the lowest traffic accident rates in Salford. However, there is still a number of accident blackspots including the town centre, along the A6, A575, and major junctions along the A580 (East Lancs).

Further Information

For further information about the Walkden South ward profile please contact:

Alan Tomlinson
Policy and Improvement Team
Chief Executive's Directorate
0161 793 2560

This page was last updated on 13 November 2007

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