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The Bradford district is the fourth largest metropolitan district in England, after Birmingham, Leeds and Sheffield.

According to the 2011 Census statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Bradford’s estimate population is 522,452.

Bradford is a youthful population with 22% of our population aged 14 and under, compared to an average of 17.6% for England and Wales.

The population of Bradford is ethnically diverse. The largest proportion of the district’s population (63.9%) identifies themselves as White British. The district has the largest proportion of people of Pakistani ethnic origin (20.3%) in England.

The largest religious group in Bradford is Christian (45.9% of the population). Nearly one quarter of the population (24.7%) are Muslim. Just over one fifth of the district’s population (20.7%) stated that they had no religion.

There are 199, 296 households in the Bradford district. Most households own their own home (29.3% outright and 35.7% with a mortgage). The percentage of privately rented households is 18.1%. 29.6% of households were single person households.

There are 243,700 economically active residents aged 16-74. Self employment accounts for 15% of all employment. The unemployment rate is 5.8% which is higher than the national average. Male employment rates are higher than women’s.

Skill levels are improving with 21.8% of 16 to 74 year olds educated to degree level. 17.7% of the district’s employed resident work in retail/wholesale. The percentage of people working in manufacturing has continued to decrease from 18.6% in 2001 to 11.3% in 2011. This is still higher than the average for England (8.8%).

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