Towns and Villages Area Profile
Please enter the name of a town or village:
All settlements classified as
Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA):
(Click on links below to view report)
Search for other settlement
Area Profile of Belfast Urban Area - Based on 2001 Census
Belfast Urban Area is within Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA) and this settlement has the following profile recorded in the 2001 Census.
Statistical Classification: Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA)
Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA)
The Settlement Service Classification Report (2006) defined settlements in Bands A - G as Retail, 'Public Administration, Health and Education', Employment and Service Centres. Belfast Urban Area falls within Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area which is classified as the following:
- Retail Centre - Yes
- Public Administration, Health and Education Centre - Yes
- Employment Centre - Yes
- Service Centre - Yes
The population of Belfast Urban Area on Census day (29th April 2001) was 276459 people. The demographic characteristics of the people living in Belfast Urban Area were as follows:
On Census Day 2001 there were 113616 households in Belfast Urban Area. Statistics relating to Belfast Urban Area households include:
- 21.7% were aged under 16 years;
- 19.7% were aged 60 and over;
- the average age was 36.6 years (NI average age 35.8 years);
- 46.8% of the population were male and 53.2% were female;
- 47.2% were from a Catholic Community Background;
- 48.6% were from a 'Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related)' Community Background;
- 8.6% were born outside Northern Ireland; and
- 1.4% were from an ethnic group other than white.
Health and Care
- average household size was 2.38 persons per household (NI level 2.65 persons per household);
- 55.4% of households were one family households;
- 11.0% were lone-parent households with dependent children.
According to the 2001 Census, health and care statistics for Belfast Urban Area show:
Housing and Transport
- 24.3% of people had a limiting long-term illness, health problem or disability;
- 32597 people noted that they provided unpaid care to family, friends, neighbours or others (14585 providing 20 or more hours of care per week); and
- 44.9% of households had at least one person with a limiting long term illness.
According to the 2001 Census, housing statistics for Belfast Urban Area show:
Transport statistics taken from the 2001 Census show:
- there were 119266 household spaces in Belfast Urban Area;
- 11.1% of household spaces were either a detached house or bungalow; and
- 24.0% of households were owned outright, 31.0% were owned with a mortage or loan and 44.0% were rented.
The 2001 Census travel-to-work statistics show that of the 100447 people aged 16-74 who lived in Belfast Urban Area and were in employment:
- 56.1% of households had access to a car or van; and
- there were 84561 cars or vans in this area.
Education, Employment and Economic Activity
- 57.0% usually travelled to work by car; and
- 4.5% usually worked at or from home.
According to the 2001 Census, education statistics for Belfast Urban Area show:
Census 2001 employment statistics show that of the 100447 people aged 16-74 who lived in Belfast Urban Area and were in employment:
- 19.2% of the population aged 16-74 had degree level or higher qualifications;
- 41.8% had no qualifications.
Unemployment statistics from the 2001 Census showed that in Belfast Urban Area:
- 48.6% were female;
- 51.4% were male; and
- 24.3% were employed as ‘Managers, Senior Officials or in Professional Occupations’.
The table below gives a comparison with the Northern Ireland picture.
- 5.4% of people aged 16-74 were unemployed.
|Percentage Comparisons (%)||SETTLEMENT||CLASSIFICATION BAND||N.IRELAND|
|Belfast Urban Area||Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA)||N.I||Under 16 years of age||21.7||22.0||23.6||Over 60 years of age||19.7||19.2||17.6||Male||46.8||47.4||48.7||Female||53.2||52.6||51.3||Catholic (Community Background)||47.2||34.4||43.8||Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related) (Community Background)||48.6||60.9||53.1||Born outside of NI||8.6||9.4||9.0||Ethnic group other than white||1.4||1.2||0.8||Persons with limiting long-term illness||24.3||21.6||20.4||Providing unpaid care||11.8||11.9||11.0||Owner-occupied households||56.0||64.8||69.6||Detached houses/bungalows||11.1||19.8||36.5||Access to a car or van||56.1||66.3||73.7||Degree level education or higher||19.2||18.6||15.8||No qualifications||41.8||39.1||41.6||Persons in employment who are female||48.6||47.5||45.0||Persons in employment who are male||51.4||52.5||55.0||Unemployed||5.4||4.3||4.1|
All statistics from the 2001 Census. Percentages have been rounded to one decimal place.
Last revised 30th April 2007.
Crown Copyright 2011