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Who is living in our towns and villages?

A third of households in the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency have no working adults, according to the 2011 Census data released last week.

The north Northumberland parliamentary region had 75,718 residents, split into 33,506 households, of which 11,668 had no adults working and a further 881 homes with children had no adults employed.

However, some of this can be put down to the age of the population, with a high proportion of older people in the region.

Of the 56,726 residents aged between 16 and 74, nearly a fifth (11,322) are retired.

Nearly 20,000 are employed full-time with another 8,500 employed part-time and 6,873 self-employed.

More than 2,000 are unemplyed but economically active, while more than 1,000 are full-time students.

The Berwick constituency also appears to be fairly traditional still when it comes to living arrangements.

Well over half (34,318) of all residents over the age of 16 (63,866) are married, more than double the number of single people – 16,720. Only 133 people are in registered civil partnerships.

Statistics on ethnicity, country of birth and religion all reveal a similarly traditional part of the country.

Of the constituency’s 75,718 residents, a massive 89 per cent (67,017) were born in England with another 5,603 coming from Scotland.

Several hundred were born in either Wales, Northern Ireland or Ireland while 1,039 were born in EU countries and 1,187 the rest of the world.

In terms of ethnicity, 97 per cent of people (73,500) described themselves as white British or white English, Welsh.etc. And other than white Irish (229) and other white (919), all other ethnicities are represented by less than 150 people each.

This is reflected in the Northumberland population as a whole, which is 98.4 per cent white.

The Berwick constituency remains predominantly Christian – 73 per cent of the population. This has dropped since the 2001 Census, but the slack has not been picked up by other religions but by those who have no religion – 21 per cent – or did not give a religion – three per cent.

The next highest are those whose religion was not listed – 252 people and muslims – 207.

The county is now 68 per cent Christian, down from 81 per cent 10 years ago.

 

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