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 37.5% (22,765) of children live in low income households (End Child Poverty children in low income households 2020/21)
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 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.
32% of Bolton adults are classed as physically inactive (2020/21), doing less than the equivalent of half an hour's brisk walk a week. This is amongst the highest in England.
In Year 6 (age 10-11), 41% of children are classified as above a healthy weight (2021/22). This is significantly hgieher than seen in England as a whole and has worsened since Covid.