A Look at Leicester in Numbers

proud people of LeicesterThe population of Leicester is quickly coming up to the 300,000 marker, up 20,000 since the 2001 National Census. This signifies Leicester’s role as the biggest city that makes up the East Midlands. In addition, Leicester is among the 20 top cities in England for it large population.

Ethnically Diverse And Young

It is also making a splash as the most ethnically diverse city as well, with 36% of the population being Black, Asian, or other minority. Still, 64% of residents are white, 30% Asian, 3% black, 2% ethnically mixed and 1% Chinese.

Males actually outnumber females by 2%, making up 51% of the population while females account for 49%. The population is still pretty young, with a majority of Leicester adults being under 35 years of age. The largest age group is under 15 years of age and accounts for 20% of Leicester’s population.

Life Expectancy

Leicester’s life expectancy lags from the rest of the nation, with males reaching 73.6 years, and females 79 years. That compares to the national average of 75.7 for men and 80.4 for women.

Leicester Housing

Leicester property marketOf the 110,000 dwellings, one-quarter are single-standing homes. Overall, one-fifth of the housing includes flats. The rest of the housing is terraced or semi-detached. One-third of the households are occupied by single people, with 9% having a lone parent household.

By comparison, the national average is 30% single occupancy while 6% are lone-parent households. Nearly 60% of the housing is owner-occupied nationally. In Leicester, the rate of rentals is 40%, which is actually higher than the national average of 29%. Do remember that Leicester has a transient student population that occupies nearly 10% of all housing, whereas only 7% occupy housing in other parts of England.

Overall more than half of Leicester are middle class. They fall into the C1 and C2 bands, with 27% belonging to the D and E bands, or working class. A full 19% are among A and B bands. More than 75% of the 112,000 working-aged population are engaged in full-time employment with a small percentage owning a local business.

More than 60% of the working population lives within 5 km of their workplace and 75% live within 10 km of work. The 91,000 vehicles in Leicester are used almost solely for commuting purposes. Meanwhile, 17,000 take the bus to work, while the remainder take to foot to walk to work. Leicester appears to be a healthy place for people to live, especially given the short (read: stress-free) commute that may involve walking. Though, there is more to it as the life expectancy numbers indicate that something is impeding the ability of Leicester to thrive as long as the rest of England. Looking at safety, it is important to find out whether that variable may be playing a role in the vitality and ability of the population of Leicester to thrive well into the golden years of life.

Is Leicester A Safe Place To Live?

Compared to other cities is Leicester any more dangerous or is it actually safer? The crime statistics for Leicester are not all that great right now, as per 1000 people, the violence against an individual are at 40. The national average stands at a low 16.5 incidents of violence against an individual per 1000 people. That means Leicester residents are exposed to violent events at a rate of 2.5 individuals more than the average. The Leicester average for burglaries is at 10, whereas the national average is 6.4.

Those vehicles that are mostly used for commuting to work are prone to theft at a rate of three above the national rate, at 13. The robberies are at a rate of nearly triple with 4 per 1000 of the population.

Leicester Education

Leicester schools are behind the national performance as well. It has 86 Primary, 10 Special schools, and 16 Secondary institutions. The Achievement and Attainment tables back in 2006 found that the Key Stage 4 was at 5 GCSEs with C grades or more was at 33.5. The national average was at 45.8%.

The Key Stage 2 attainment for the Primary Schools was at Level 4 or more for three subjects — English 72%, Math 69%, and Science at 80%. It turns out that the Local Authority numbers are at least 7% behind national scores in every single one of the three subjects. Some schools were far ahead of the average for Leicester.

Leicester UniLeicester’s two universities: De Montfort University and Leicester University have a long history in the city. Leicester University began in 1921 and was given full degree awarding capabilities in 1957 through the Royal Charter. Leicester University is number 24 on the Good Universities Guide.

Forty-eight years later Leicester Polytechnic opened its doors as a conglomerate between Technology and Art colleges. It was in 1992 it received the university designation. The De Montfort University does ok among the Good Universities Guide, ranking 89th among a listing of 100 universities. It is neither considered the best nor the worst.

That rounds out the overview of Leicester by the numbers. For a look at the geography of Leicester, consider reading some of our other articles.