Ward Information for Highfield ward 95GG28Profile last updated October 2011.
This page provides information on residents in Highfield ward. Click on theme titles below to obtain an area profile for that subject. The datasets used are shown below in each section and are actively linked to the Data Catalogue spreadsheets. Click on the blue tabs at the top to see results for other geographical levels.
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Highfield ward lies in the following administrative areas:
- Belfast Local Government District;
- Belfast West Parliamentary Constituency (1992 Boundaries - See Assembly Area tab for further information;
- Belfast West Assembly Area 2011/ Westminister Parliamentary Constituency 2008;
- Belfast Health and Social Care Trust; and
- Belfast Education and Library Board.
Please note Assembly Area comparisons are based on the 1992 Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries and not the Assembly Area 2011/Westminster 2008 Boundaries. Please see Westminster Parliamentary Constituency Guidance Document for more information.
Highfield ward is made up of the following Super Output Areas (SOAs), for a profile of each click on the link(s) below:
Neighbouring ward(s): Clonard, Whiterock, Highfield ward is classified as Urban according to the Inter-Departmental Urban-Rural Definition Group.
The nearest hospital to Highfield ward (as the crow flies) is Royal Group of Hospitals.
Datasets used: Urban Rural Classification 2005, Central Postcode Directory (NISRA Geography), Hospital Locations (DHSSPS).
On Census Day 29th April 2001 the resident population of Highfield ward was 5310. Of this population:
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- 23.5% were under 16 years old and 20.0% were aged 60 and over;
- 48.1% of the population were male and 51.9% were female;
- 4.2% were from a Catholic community background and 94.0% were from a 'Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related)' community background;
- 30.1% of persons aged 16 and over were single (never married);
- 36.6 years was the average age of the population; and
- the population density was 19.7 persons per hectare.
Datasets used: KS01 Usually Resident Population, KS02 Age Structure, KS04 Marital Status, KS07b Community Background (NISRA Census), Health Card Registrations 2010 (Central Services Agency).
The population for Highfield ward in 2010 was estimated at 5641, of which 22.9% were children, 34.9% were young working age adults, 26.5% were older working age adults and 15.7% were older people. Young working age adults are defined as 16-39 year olds, and older working age adults as males 40-64 and females 40-59 years. This represents an increase of 6.3% (334 individuals) from the estimated mid-year ward population in 2001.
Population estimates as at 30th June 2010 are shown below.
Datasets used:Small Area Population Estimates 2001-2010
In Highfield ward there were 91 resident births registered in 2009. Of these, 44 were male births and 47 were female births and 61 (67%) births were to unmarried mothers. The median age of mothers of new-born babies in 2009 was 28 and for fathers was 30.
In total 36 deaths were registered in 2009 in Highfield ward, of these 15 (41.7%) were under 75 years old. The median age at death was 76.
Datasets used:Births 2009, Median Age of Parents 2009, Deaths to Under 75s 2009, Median Age at Death 2009 (NISRA Demography).
Crime and Justice
There were a total of 359 offences recorded in Highfield ward in 2010/11. These can be broken down by various classifications of crime, shown below:
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- Violent crimes (offences against the person) - 84 offences recorded.
- Criminal damage - 119 offences recorded;
- Burglary - 24 offences recorded;
- Vehicle offences (including theft)- 32 offences recorded and
- Other Theft - 51 offences recorded.
Datasets used:Notifiable Offences Recorded 2010/11 (Police Service Northern Ireland).
Education and Training
On Census Day 29th April 2001, in Highfield ward looking at the population aged 16-74:
1Low levels of qualifications are those categorised as Level 1 which include; GCSE (grades D-G), CSE (grades 2-5), 1-4 CSEs (grade 1), 1-4 GCSEs (grades A-C), 1-4 'O' level passes, NVQ level 1, GNVQ Foundation or equivalents.
- 6.3% had degree level or higher qualifications; and
- 74.6% had no or low levels of qualifications. 1
To view an Interactive Map of Census 2001 education data at ward level click on the link below:
For school leavers aged 16 and over in 2009/10, 70.8% achieved at least 5 or more GCSEs at grade C and above, 26.2% went on into Higher Education and 40% went into Further Education in Highfield ward.
To view an Interactive Map of School Leavers data click on the link below:
In Highfield ward there were 115 students enrolled at a Higher Education college in 2009/10. Higher Education can be defined as education at a higher level than secondary school, usually provided in universities. Of all students enrolled, 71.8% were full time and 28.2% were part time students, while 57.3% were female and 42.7% were male. In total, 48.7% were aged 20 and under, 19.7% were aged 21-24 and 31.6% were aged 25 and over.
In Highfield ward there were 436 students enrolled at a Further Education college in 2009/10. Further Education can be defined as post-secondary education that is distinct from the education offered in universities. Of all students enrolled, 13.5% were full time and 86.5% were part time students, while 52.3% were female and 47.7% were male. In total, 35.3% were aged 19 and under, 18.1% were aged 20-25 and 46.6% were aged 26 and over.
In 20010/11 29.5% of pupils in post-primary schools had Free School Meal Entitlement (based on pupil residence data).
Datasets used:KS13 Qualifications and Students (NISRA Census),School Leavers Survey 2010,School Census Post Primary Free School Meals 2010 (Department of Education), Higher Education Enrolments 2009/10,Further Education Enrolments 2009/10 (Department of Employment and Learning).
Employment, Economic Activity and Social Welfare
On Census Day 29th April 2001, in Highfield ward looking at the population aged 16-74:
1Long-term unemployed is defined as those who have been unemployed since 1999 or earlier on Census Day.
- 56.3% were economically active, 43.7% were economically inactive; and
- 4.7% were unemployed, of these 47.2% were long-term unemployed.1
To view Interactive Maps of Census 2001 at ward level click on the links below:
The Claimant Count records the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits (which includes those who claim Jobseekers Allowance and National Insurance credits and severely disabled claimants but excludes students seeking vacation work and the temporarily stopped). In 2010, the average number of monthly unemployment-related benefits claimants in Highfield ward, as a percentage of the working age population was 6.3%. Of these, 17.5% were counted as Long Term Unemployed i.e. they had been claiming for over 12 months.
For Highfield ward in 2011 373 adults and 319 children under 16 were living in Income Support households.
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Other sources of social security benefit information in 2011 are as follows:
The Census of Employment is a statutory survey that is conducted every two years in Northern Ireland. It provides information on the nature and characteristics of non-agricultural businesses. In 2009 there were 389 employee jobs in businesses located in Highfield.
- 333 persons aged 16-59 were claiming Income Support;
- 258 persons aged 16-59/64 were receiving Incapacity Benefit; and
- 671 persons aged 16 and over were claiming Housing Benefit.
The Farm Census 2010 recorded less than 5 farms registered to addresses in Highfield and the total agricultural labour force was less than 5 persons.
- 12.9% jobs were male full-time;
- 20.6% jobs were female full-time;
- 14.4% jobs were male part-time; and
- 52.2% jobs were female part-time.
Datasets used:Census 2001:KS09a Economic Activity (NISRA Census), Claimant Count Annual Averages 2010,Claimant Count Annual Averages LTU 2010,Income Support 2010,Incapacity Benefit 2010,Housing Benefit 2010 (Department of Social Development),Census of Employment 2009, (Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment),Farm Census 2010 (DARD).
Deprivation - NIMDM 2010
The Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure 2010 (NIMDM 2010) report was published in May 2010. The report identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across Northern Ireland. The results for Highfield ward are shown below.
On the Multiple Deprivation Measure ward level summary Highfield ward has an overall rank of 78 out of 582 wards. All wards in Northern Ireland are ranked, 1 being the most deprived (Whiterock in Belfast) and 582 the least deprived (Wallace Park in Lisburn). Wards with ranks of 58 or lower are in the top 10% most deprived wards in Northern Ireland, this means Highfield, with a rank of 78, is outside the top 10% most deprived wards. Highfield ward's rank of 78 places it in the 10% to 20% band.
Highfield ward lies in Belfast LGD, which has 51 wards with ranks from 1 (Whiterock) to 576 (Stormont).
All information for Highfield ward is shown in the table below. On the income domain Highfield ward is ranked 139, while on the employment domain it is ranked 51. Looking at proximity to services Highfield ward is ranked 364.
[Ward Ranks range from 1 (most deprived) to 582 (least deprived)]
Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure 2010 Ward (NISRA).
Health and Care
On Census Day 29th April 2001, in Highfield ward:
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- 25.8% of people had a limiting long-term illness, health problem or disability;
- 62.5% of people stated that their general health was good; and
- 13.1% of the population stated that they provided unpaid care to family, friends, neighbours or others.
Average life expectancy measures the expected years of life at birth based on the mortality rates of the period in question. Life expectancy for males in Highfield ward for 2007-2009 is 'Greater than NI average but less than 85' and for females is 'Greater than NI average but less than 85'.
In total 36 people died in 2009 in Highfield, of all deaths, 14 ( 38.9%) were to malignant neoplasms, 9 ( 25.0%) were to circulatory disease and 6 ( 16.7%) were to respiratory disease.
To view an Interactive Map of Deaths by Cause data click on the link below:
In 2011 30.5% of children aged 0-2 and 59.3% of children aged 3-5 were registered with a dentist in Highfield.
To view an Interactive Map of Dental Registrations for Children data click on the link below:
Datasets used:KS08 Health and Unpaid Care (NISRA Census), Deaths by Cause 2009 (NISRA Demography), Life Expectancy 2007-2009,Dental Registrations 2011 (Central Services Agency).
Housing, Environment and Transport
On Census Day 29th April 2001 there were 2107 households in Highfield. Of these households:
1The occupancy rating provides a measure of under-occupancy and overcrowding. For example, a value of -1 implies there is one room too few and that there is overcrowding in the household. The occupancy rating assumes that every household, including one person households, requires a minimum of two common rooms (excluding bathrooms).
- 59.7% were owner occupied and 40.3% were rented;
- 25.4% were owned outright;
- 13.8% were lone pensioner households;
- 11.6% were lone parents households with dependent children;
- 2.4% of households were without central heating or without sole use of bath/shower/toilet or without both;
- 7.4% of households had an occupancy rating of -1 or less (i.e. classed as overcrowded);1 and
- 2.5 persons per household was the average household size.
To view Interactive Maps of Census 2001 data for all of Highfield at ward level click on the links below:
In 2010 there were 2418 domestic properties in Highfield, which were sub-classified as follows:
The average capital value (2005-based) of all domestic properties in Highfield ward was £ 76204 in 2010- the minimum capital value was £ 20000 and the maximum capital value was £ 190000.
- Apartments - 245
- Terraced - 997
- Semi-Detached - 1018
- Detached - 158
On Census Day 29th April 2001 in Highfield LGD 58.8% of households had access to a car or van and 62.4% of persons aged 16-74 in employment usually travelled to work by car or van.
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In 2009, 2075 cars were licensed to addresses in Highfield, 17.9% of which were cars registered to a disabled driver or for transporting disabled people.
Datasets used:KS18 Tenure, KS19 Rooms, Amenities, Central Heating and Lowest Floor Level, KS20 Household Composition, KS22 Lone Parent Households with Dependent Children,KS15 Travel to Work, KS17 Cars or Vans (NISRA Census),Domestic Properties 2008,Average Capital Value 2008(Land and Property Services),Car Registrations 2006 (Department of Regional Development).