Calderdale wards

Calderdale is a metropolitan district, situated in the South Pennines between Greater Manchester, and Leeds and Bradford. Within England, it is one of the larger districts by area, but one of the smallest by population, covering the towns of Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden. The headline demographic statistics are:

  • the district covers 140 square miles, or 36,392 hectares;
  • the population of Calderdale is 209,800 (Office for National Statistics (ONS): 2017 Mid year population estimates);
  • the average number of people per hectare is 5.76 people.

Calderdale is divided into 17 wards, a range of sizes and demographics – some wards are mainly urban, whereas others include large rural areas.

Ward profiles

The range of open data available at ward level is wide, and we have used several ways to display this data, including maps, raw data, data visualisations, reports and more:

Ward datasets / School datasets / Data visualisations

Map of Calderdale wards

Ward datasets

The Ward datasets act as signposts to individual datasets that have data at ward level, with links to data such as population estimates, public health, and data visualisations on specific topics. As more datasets at ward level are added to Data Works, these links will be added too. As well as links to other datasets, the Ward datasets include reports on the demographic and Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) data relating to each ward, maps and a brief description of the ward topography:

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) give all English wards a reference code starting with E, as well as reference codes for Medium super output areas (MSOAs) and Lower super output areas (LSOAs), see: Ward, MSOA and LSOA ONS codes. These are used in census and other statistical data.

School datasets

Some of the data relating to Calderdale schools is available at ward level. In these cases, the ward is determined by where the children and young people live, rather than which ward the schools are situated in.

You can access these datasets via Schools data at ward level, or use these individual links:

Primary schools:
Secondary schools:

Data visualisations

Sometimes it is easier to provide headline data as a visualisation, rather than just black and white numbers. We are building up a series of data visualisations that provide graphical representations of headline data on various subjects. Behind the visualisations, there is also the data used, plus additional relevant data, in a spreadsheet form. Where suitable, we have used RAG rating (red, amber and green) to provide a comparison between the different wards (or Medium super output area) and against Calderdale as a whole:

Active Calderdale profile: Level of activity in secondary school children, life expectancy at birth, travel to work and school / college, long term health limiting activity, primary school children’s weight, and the percentage of residents who exercise for over four hours, 150 minutes (current recommendation) or don’t exercise each week;
Economic profile: Attainment levels, household and personal income, employment rate, Gross value added (GVA), sources of employment, jobseekers allowance (JSA) and Employment and support allowance (ESA);
Income MSOA (Medium super output area) profile *: Insolvency rates (Bankruptcy orders, Debt relief orders and Individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs)), Deprivation, Household income after housing costs (Percentage of households in poverty after housing costs and Net equivalised weekly household income after housing costs), House possessions claim orders by landlords and mortgage lenders, and the number of people claiming housing benefits;
Neighbourhood profile: Benefits, homelessness, life expectancy at birth, income deprivation, population density and overcrowding.