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Walsall in Brief

About Walsall Borough Covering an area of 41 square miles (104km2) Walsall is a Metropolitan Borough, located in the West Midlands region; one of the four authorities that make up the Black Country (Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell & Wolverhampton).


Walsall's resident population has grown to 269,500 (June 11). This is an increase of around 15,800 residents, or 6.2%, since 2001 Census.


6.0% of the working age population claim Jobseekers Allowance (Dec 12).


There are 107,822 households (with at least one usual resident) in Walsall. This is an increase of 6,500, or 6.4% since 2001


Walsall residents are employed across all different types of occupation. The greatest number work in skilled trades occupations, accounting for 13.7% of those who are economically active and higher than the 11.5% across England and Wales overall.




There has been a significant increase in the level of ethnic diversity in Walsall over the past decade. While 'White British' remains the largest single group, at 76.9%, the number of residents from a minority ethnic group has risen to almost 1 in 4 (23.1%).


Life expectancy at birth is a good indicator of the health of a population. In Walsall life expectancy is higher in woman (82.3) than men (77.3).


Walsall has 535 green spaces covering over 2,160 hectares which makes up nearly 25% of the total area of the Borough. Much of Walsall’s green space is natural and semi-natural which accounts for 45% of all green space by area. Parks and Garden cover over 200 hectares, nearly 13% of all green space by area.


Walsall is the 33rd most deprived local authority in England.  A summary report on deprivation levels is Walsall is available to download.

Deprivation in Walsall: Summary Report 2015

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