Getting to know our communities

Know Our Communities

Know Our Communities


This following information provides key information about the Lancaster district and the various communities within it, with the intention of supporting many of the council and partners’ activities and decisions, for example when conducting equality analysis to assess the impact of an initiative on the communities within the district. The information is accurate as of January 2018 and will be reviewed annually. It has been gathered from a number of different sources such as: census records, Office for National Statistics (ONS) research and estimates and Lancashire County Council’s Lancaster district profile.

Key links

Lancaster District Profile compiled by Lancashire County Council provides ‘a snapshot of some of the most important economic, social and environmental factors in Lancaster district’, and also contains many useful links to other information sources.

The 2011 Census has been developed into a suite of interactive maps based on various different criteria. Click the relevant link to explore by postcode or by scrolling through the map.

MOSAIC population groups for Lancaster have also been collated by Lancashire County Council with instructions on using the interface. Groups can be viewed by Ward or Lower Super Output Area; each can be filtered to show the Lancaster district only. LG Inform and LG Inform Plus contain data for over 3000 different measures, which can be downloaded or developed into bespoke reports at District, Ward or Output Area level. Registration may be required to use certain features of the sites.

Headline facts and figures

The Lancaster district has a high proportion of White British residents: 91.5% compared to 79.8% in England.

This represents an increase in ethnic diversity though as the corresponding figure in 2001 was 95.8%

The largest minority group is ‘Other White’ which constitutes 4,547 residents or 3.3% of the population, with 1,693 or 1.3% of the population originating from Poland.

There are also significant Indian (1,212 residents, 0.9% of the population) and Chinese (1,231 residents, 0.9% of the population) communities

95.8% of residents speak English as their main language compared to 94.9% in the North West and 92% in England

16.6% of the population are aged 0-15, 65.1% aged 16-64 and 18.3% aged 65 and over with 18-24 (14.2%), 45-54 (13.2%) and 65-79 (13.1%) the largest age groups

The district has an above average proportion of Christian residents (65.9% compared to 59.3% in England and Wales); 24.5% of the population state no religion while the second largest religious group is Muslim (1.3% compared to 6.6% in Lancashire and 4.8% in England and Wales)

Living arrangement figures closely reflect the average for England, with 48,214 married couples in the district, representing 45.1% of the total residents aged over 16

There are also 12,510 residents over 16 in cohabiting opposite-sex relationships (11.7%) and 886 in registered Civil Partnerships or cohabiting same-sex relationships (0.8%)

There are 45,210 residents over 16 not living in a couple (42.3% of the total), with 5,634 of these being lone parents (9.7%)

19.4% of residents describe their day-to-day activity as ‘limited’ by a health problem or disability, with 10.2% ‘limited a little’ and 9.2% ‘limited a

Last updated: 01 March 2018