A diverse place to live- Coventry's Census 2021 results - The Coventry Observer

A diverse place to live- Coventry's Census 2021 results

Coventry Editorial 11th Nov, 2022   0

COVENTRY’S diverse community was highlighted in the 2021 census report, which showed more than one in four people (27.9 per cent) living in the city were not born in the UK.

Of these, 9.8 per cent of the population were born in other European countries, 5.5 per cent in Africa and 10.5 per cent in the Middle East and Asia.

In addition, 14.2 per cent of Coventry people arrived in the UK between 2011 and 2021.

The report also shows 18.4 per cent of people in Coventry have a non-UK passport and 12.7 per cent of the city have no passport.




The median age of the city is 35, while 50.1 per cent of the population is female.

Deprived areas

Statistics also show 55 per cent of Coventry households are classed as ‘deprived’ in at least one dimension – 3.3 per cent higher than the total number in England.


The census data measures four dimensions of deprivation, employment, education, health and disability and housing, which includes overcrowding, living in a shared property or the home having no central heating.

The information shows 34 per cent of households in Coventry were deprived in one dimension at the time the report was conducted, slightly above the average of 33.5 per cent in England and Wales.

At 37.8 per cent of its households, Lower Stoke and Gosford Park had the highest number of households deprived in one dimension and other areas including Hillfields, Foleshill West and Stoke Heath were above the national average.

In addition, 16 per cent of households in Coventry are deprived in two dimensions – 1.7 per cent higher than the England and Wales average – while 4.6 per cent are deprived in three areas and 0.4 per cent fall into all four areas of deprivation.

Just over two in five Coventrians aged 16 or over are married or registered in a civil partnership, while 44 per cent have never been in either.

In Coventry, 39.3 per cent of people aged 16 or over live in households in an opposite-sex couple that is married or in a civil partnership, while 0.2 per cent of people live together as a same-sex married or civil partnership couple.

In addition, 8.3 per cent of households in the city home lone-parent families with dependent children, while 14.9 per cent are single-family households in a married or civil partnership couple with dependent children.

The highest number of people in Coventry live on their own, at 30.4 per cent, while 29.7 per cent of the city lives in a two-person household.

In addition, 9.3 per cent of people in Coventry live in a household of five people or more.

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