Bolton in brief

Reviewed: 16/4/2024

  • Bolton’s population currently stands at 299,000 (mid 2022 population 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 a richly diverse, while the proportion of residents who would describe themselves as being from a ‘White’ ethnic background has dropped 10 percentage points between 2011 and 2021 to 72%, 91% of Bolton’s population identify with at least 1 UK national language and 96% speak English as their main language or are proficient in speaking English. The most common ethnic backgrounds of our non-White British residents are Asian Pakistani and Asian Indian (census 2021)
  • 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 41.6% (30,586) of children live in low income households (End Child Poverty children in low income households 2021/22)
  • Life expectancy at birth varies across Bolton by 10.3 years for males and 8 years for females (2016-20). Life expectancy for Bolton as a whole for males is 76.6, 2 years younger than England; and for females 80.7, also 2 years younger than England (2020-22).
  • 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.
  • 27.5% of Bolton adults are classed as physically inactive (2021/22), doing less than the equivalent of half an hour's brisk walk a week. This is significantly worse than seen in England as a whole.
  • In Year 6 (age 10-11), 37.4% of children are classified as above a healthy weight (2022/23), similar to than seen in England as a whole. Child excess weight worsened during Covid but has since returned to levels similar to pre-Covid, however, along with England as a whole, on a generally increasing trend.
  • Percentage of 5 year olds with experience of visually obvious dental decay, hospital admissions for asthma, and breastfeeding rate 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 implications that directly impact on population health, and the borough has now developed a strategy to address these.

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