Bolton in brief

  • Bolton’s population currently stands at 285,372
  • The borough has a higher proportion of older people (65 years plus) than what is observed at Greater Manchester
  • 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 BAME groups are of Indian and Pakistani background
  • As with many local authorities in the north of England, the health of people in Bolton is generally worse than the average for England
  • Bolton is one of the 20% most deprived districts/unitary authorities in England and 20.1% (12,120) of children live in low income families
  • Life expectancy is 10.6 years lower for men and 8.5 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Bolton than in the least deprived areas
  • In Year 6, 20.8% (782) of children are classified as obese and in Reception, 10.3% (394) children are classified as obese
  • Levels of GCSE attainment (average attainment 8 score), breastfeeding and smoking in pregnancy are worse than the England average
  • Cancer screening services and population vaccination coverage are generally better than what is seen on average in England
  • The rates of new sexually transmitted infections and killed and seriously injured on roads are better than the England average
  • The rates of violent crime (hospital admissions for violence), under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases, under 75 mortality rate from cancer and employment (aged 16-64) are worse than the England average, but similar to the average for the regional

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