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Key Statistics about Tameside

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The Borough of Tameside lies to the East of Greater Manchester, stretching eastwards from the urban hub of Manchester to the moors of the Peak District. Tameside shares borders with Oldham, Manchester, Stockport and the Derbyshire Borough of High Peak. Tameside is well connected to the region and beyond by the M60 and M67 motorways and quality rail links to Manchester and Yorkshire.


Tameside covers an area of 103.5 square kilometres. According to the latest census data Tameside had a population of 231,073 in 2021. The borough’s population is equal to approximately 9.1% of Greater Manchester’s population. Of the population 144,600 (62.94%) were of working age (16-64); 45,900 were aged between 0-15 years (19.85%); and 40,470 were aged 65 or over (17.561%).

Tameside has a slightly older population than average, the highest proportion of residents being between 50-54, (7.19%, 16,604 residents), compared to England where the highest proportion are between 30-34 (7.0%, 3952585).

49% of Tameside’s residents are male, 51% are female. Less than 0.05% of Tameside’s population are non-binary. 94.7% of the population state that their gender identity is the same as their sex assigned at birth.

90.8% of Tameside residents identify as straight or heterosexual; 1.8% identify as gay or lesbian; all other sexual orientations make up 1.4% of the population (5.9% declined to answer).

In terms of ethnicity Tameside is predominantly White, which makes up 90.9% of the population. 6.65% of the population are Asian; 1.4% are Mixed; 0.08% Black; and 0.2% of the population are other ethnicities.

The main language in Tameside is English (94.1%), the next most used languages are Urdu (1%), Polish (0.9%), and Bengali (0.7%).

For males in Tameside Life Expectancy is 75.8 and Healthy Life Expectancy is 61.6, compared to 80.5 for Life Expectancy and 58.2 for Healthy Life Expectancy for women

Nationally these numbers are higher; male Life Expectancy and Healthy Life Expectancy are 78.7 and 63.1 respectively. Female Life Expectancy and Healthy Life Expectancy are 82.8 and 63.9 respectively.

70.3% of adults in Tameside are classified as overweight or obese (higher than the 63.5% national number); 35.95% of children in year 6 are classified as obese (higher than the 32.5% national number); and 32.4% of the population are inactive (again, higher than the 27.2% national number)


Tameside has an employment rate of 57.1%. The largest employment sector in Tameside are wholesale and retail trades, and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (16.9%). Followed by human health and social work activities (15.4%), and manufacturing (9.5%).

28.5% of Tameside’s jobs pay below the Living Wage (compared to 20.75% in Greater Manchester).

The median annual income in Tameside is £27,706.

24.4% of residents hold an NVQ level 4 qualification or above.

Tameside is ranked as the 28th most deprived of 317 Local Authority districts in England, and the 5th most deprived in Greater Manchester. 11 of the borough’s Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs) are in the most deprived 5% of LSOAs nationally.


Tameside has 77 primary schools, 16 secondary schools, 8 special schools, and 4 colleges/sixth forms. 90.8% of Tameside’s primary schools are Good or Outstanding, 66.7% of Tameside’s secondary schools are Good or Outstanding.

According to the latest census data, as their highest qualification; 11.25% of the population has a Level 1 qualification, 15.2% Level 2, 6.9% Apprenticeship, 17.7% Level 3, 24.4% Level 4 or above, 21.8% have no qualifications, 2.7% have other qualifications.

The borough’s percentage of residents with no academic qualifications is higher than the England percentage at 18.1%

66.9% of children at the Early Years Foundation Stage are achieving a Good level of development, compared to 71.80% national average.

In Tameside, 75% of pupils met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2 (2019)


The majority of tenure in the borough are owned outright (30.5%), while the remaining are owned with a mortgage (30.3%), social rents (21.2%), private rents (17.5%). Shared ownerships (0.3%), and living rent free (0.1%).

The most common dwelling type in Tameside is semi-detached (38.6%) followed by: Terraced (34.1%), flats or tenement (12.9%), detached (12%), and other (2.4%)

In terms of household amenities, 1.5% of dwellings in Tameside have no central heating. The proportion of households with access to a car or van is also relatively low, in Tameside with 26.1% of people having no access compared to 23.5% in England.

4.1% of households experience bedroom overcrowding.


Tameside has over 60,000 trees; 16,095 trees planted in 2021/22. There are 26 parks and 37 playgrounds in the borough. 47.2% of waste in the borough is recycled. Tameside has 12 leisure centres, 8 libraries, 2 museums, and 1 art gallery. 50.72km² of the borough is green belt, and approximately 3.94km² is protected green space.



Data from the 2011 Census can be accessed for various different geographical levels via


Information about the plans for the 2021 Census can be found here.External Link

Schools Data

Individual schools performance and overall performance by local authority area can be found here.External Link

LAIT is an interactive tool that presents information in interactive tables and charts and includes data on looked after children, child protection, special educational needs, children’s health etc.  The tool can be downloaded here External Link

Information on allocation statistics for individual schools can be found here

Information on the number of pupils in our schools can be found here

Labour Market Statistics

Data related to the economy, number of businesses and benefits claimants can be found at Nomis. External Link


Our Joint Strategic Needs Assessment provides a comprehensive description of the current health and wellbeing of the population of Tameside and recommendation for action that will lead to improvements, 

Local Health – this website has been developed by Public Health England to provide health data at small area level