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Key Statistics - facts about Hull

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The following facts about Hull are all taken from the 24 tables of 2001 Census Key Statistics that were released by the Office for National Statistics in February 2003. National rankings are out of 376 local authority districts in England and Wales.

  • Between 1991 and 2001, the population of Hull fell by 19,700 people. This represented 7.5% of the city's population. This was the largest fall in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, and 3rd largest in England and Wales. Only Liverpool (7.6%) and Manchester (9.2%) saw larger falls in population.
  • During the period 1991 - 2001, the number of people over 90 years old increased 2.3 times, from 551 to 1,271. This is slightly below the national figure of 2.43 times more people aged over 90.
  • At 44.2%, Hull has the lowest proportion of married or re-married people in the region. Nationally, only 14 other authorities outside London have lower proportions of married or re-married people.
  • Hull heads the region for percentage of the population who are single and have never been married, (34.2%). Nationally this puts Hull 26th outside London.
  • With 97% of its population born in the UK, Hull is middle ranking in the region, 92nd highest nationally.
  • 2% of Hull's population were born outside the European Union. This is average for the region, (267th nationally).
    In Hull, the largest single ethnic minority is Chinese.
  • Hull tops the region for people stating that they have no religion - 18.3%. Nationally, this puts Hull 51st.
  • 20.7% of people in Hull have limiting long term illnesses. This puts Hull 6th regionally, 84th nationally.
  • Hull's unemployed figure of 6.2% is the highest in the region, 5th highest nationally. 8.39% of Hull's male, and 4.11% of Hull's female population aged between 16 and 74 years old, are unemployed.
  • 91% of Hull's employed men work full-time, slightly over the national average of 90.4%. Only 49.5% of Hull's employed females are in full-time work, compared to 57.6% nationally.
  • Despite it's fame as a fishing port, only 163 people, 0.17% of the working population, are employed in the fishing industry. Of these, 128 are male - 0.25% of the working male population. In contrast, 28.82% of the male working population are employed in manufacturing. In 1961, before the Cod War, and concerns over falling fish stocks, 3.58% of working males were fishermen.
  • Although Hull is below the national average for people employed in managerial and professional jobs, it exceeds the average in skilled trades and other manufacturing related occupations.
  • 41.17% of people between 16 and 74 in Hull have no qualifications. This is the lowest in the region. Nationally, only 8 authorities are lower. Only 9.94% of Hull's 16 - 74s have a level 4/5 (degree level) qualification. Again this is the lowest in the region, and nationally only 12 authorities have lower figures. Only 6 authorities in England & Wales are lower on both counts.
  • With 3,832 people - 2.21% of its 16 - 74 population - classed as long-term unemployed, Hull has the highest figure in the region. Nationally, only 5 places have higher levels of long-term unemployment. Hull's figure is more than twice the national average of 1.02%. The long-term unemployed are those who stated that they had not worked since 1999 or earlier.
  • Although below the national average of 61.48%, and despite low car ownership (see KS17), 55.7% of people in employment in Hull travel to work as either a driver or passenger in a car or van. The gap between Hull and the national average is closing rapidly. Use of public transport is falling at a higher rate than nationally.
  • With 6.6% of Hull's houses and flats vacant, Hull has the highest vacancy rate regionally, and nationally only Burnley and Manchester have higher rates.
  • Hull has the lowest levels of car ownership in the region. Nationally, only 6 authorities outside of London have higher levels of households with no cars / vans; and outside London, only Manchester had fewer households with 2 or more cars.
  • With home ownership of only 52.1%, Hull is lowest regionally. Nationally, only 4 places outside London have lower levels of home ownership.
  • 21.3% of Hull's dwellings do not have central heating. Regionally, that puts Hull third lowest. Nationally, only 8 places have a lower proportion of centrally heated dwellings.
  • Regionally, Hull tops the list for cohabiting couple households - 9.9%, (27th Nationally). It is bottom of the list regionally for married couples - 30.6%, (38th lowest nationally).
  • With 8.23% of households in Hull having no adult in employment and having dependant children, Hull is highest regionally, and 17th highest nationally.
  • 8.9% of Hull's households are single parents with dependent children. This is the highest in the region, and 24th highest nationally.
  • 8.95% of residents in Hull's communal establishments (other than medical or care establishments), have limiting long-term illnesses. Nationally, the figure is 6.59%.
  • 34,002 people in Hull - 13.96% of the population - were migrants. 66.3% of these migrants had moved within the Hull area. 1,975 of Hull's migrants were from ethnic groups other than white.

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