Parish | Statistics for the Diocese of Salford

Parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Westhoughton


As of 30th June 2014, population of the parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Westhoughton was estimated at 26k. This was 0.3% higher than 2011 estimate and 8.8% higher than 2001 estimate.

In 2011 Christians made up 74.7% of the population, Muslims - 0.8% and population declaring 'no religion' accounted for 17.7%. Between 2001 and 2011, Christian population decreased by 0.4k, while group declaring Muslim belief increased by 0.1k and population declaring 'no religion' rose by 2.5k.

Please note if the change is less than 50 individuals or 0.1% it will be shown as zero.

Age profile
The chart below shows the age profile of the parish population.


Table 1: Age distribution, 2011
Under 7 8 to 17 18 to 35 36 to 64 65 and over
10% 12% 22% 43% 13%

Households and families

The total number of households in the parish is estimated at 11k, of which 16% do not have access to the car. Of all households, 69% are occupied by a family and 27% are one person households. About 4% of households falls into 'other' category, including student and shared households.

Marital status
The chart and table below give detail of declared marital status for the population of all usual residents aged over 16 (21k).

Table 2: Marital status, 2011
Single Married Divorced Widowed
31% 51% 13% 6%

Family composition
Of the households occupied by a single family, 59% are married couples, 17% are cohabiting and 15% are lone parents. Overall, 44% of families have dependant children. Families with all members aged over 65 made up 10% of all families.

Economic activity & Occupation

Of the working age population (aged between 16 and 74) in the parish, 68% of resident declared their main economic activity as working, 7% as being a student and 14% as being retired.

Table 3: Economic activity, 2011
Working age population Working Unemployed Student Retired Other
19k 68% 3% 7% 14% 8%

It is estimated that in 2011, 71% of working age population was in employment. This includes, for example, full-time students having weekend job, although their main economic activity is not classed as 'Working'. The table below gives the details of the occupation, based on the job title of job in which they worked most hours in the week before the Census.

Table 4: Occupation, 2011
Professional / Management 28%
Skilled 26%
Leisure and services 30%
Manual 16%

Output Area Classification

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) developed classification of output areas, based on Census 2011 data and aiming to place each Output Area in the UK into one of eight super-groups, characterising socio-economic make-up of each area. The table below shows the proprtion of parish population living in each of the groups. The descriptions of the groups are available from ONS website.

Table 5: Output Area Classification, 2011
Constrained City Dwellers 2%
Urbanities 28%
Hard Pressed Living 20%
Suburbanities 46%
Multicultural Metropolitans 0%
Ethnicity Central 0%
Cosmopolitans 0%
Rural Residents 3%

Last updated: 23rd July 2016