Bolton in brief

  • Bolton’s population currently stands at 288,248 (mid 2020 estimate)
  • The borough has a higher proportion of older people (65 years plus) than Greater Manchester as a whole
  • Around half of Bolton’s residents are aged under 40
  • Bolton is richly diverse with over one fifth of the population from a Black, Asian or Minority ethnic (BAME) background. The most common ethnic bakcgrounds of our non White British residents are Asian Indian and Asian Pakistani (census 2011)
  • As with many local authorities in the north of England, the health of people in Bolton is generally worse over a range of measures than the average for England
  • Bolton is one of the 20% most deprived districts/unitary authorities in England (IMD 2019) and 33% (12,120) of children live in low income households (relative low income, 2020)
  • Bolton has been hit by Covid-19 harder than most.
  • Life expectancy at birth varies across Bolton by 13.5 years for males and 10 years for females (2015-19). Life expectancy for Bolton as a whole for males is 77.3, 2 years younger than England; and for females 81.1, also 2 years younger than England (2018-20).
  • There are many other variations between different parts of Bolton. Neighbourhood working can make sure we take these into account.
  • Bolton also has many assets, making the most of these can help develop solutions to address communities' needs.
  • 35% of Bolton adults are classed as physically inactive (2019/20), doing less than the equivalent of half an hour's brisk walk a week. This is the highest level in England.
  • In Year 6 (age 10-11), 36% of children are classified as above a healthy weight (2017/18 - 2019/20)
  • Levels of GCSE attainment (average attainment 8 score), breastfeeding and smoking in pregnancy are worse than the England average (Child and maternal health profile)
  • Bolton Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019. This has a number of potential direct and impact impacts on population health, and the borough has now developed a strategy to address these.

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