St Helens – Our Borough
Our borough is situated in Merseyside and is proud to be part of the Liverpool City Region. It covers an area of 136 square kilometres and is home to over 180,000 people with 4,800 businesses based in the borough. It is a place with a strong identity and cultural history, rooted in our world-famous industrial heritage.
It is also a place of great potential with many strengths and opportunities. Our strategic position at the heart the North West provides excellent connections to and from our borough. Its semi-rural nature, with over 65% of the area green belt, makes for a very attractive place to live, with strong growth in new housing and increasing numbers of people choosing to live here.
Our greatest asset is the spirit and strength of our close-knit community, never more evident than in the way it has come together during the present crisis to support our most vulnerable residents. Over 1,700 community volunteers have offered 8,688 hours of their time to support over 32,000 people.
St Helens – State of the Borough Report
Our St Helens – Our Borough report seeks to provide a more detailed picture of St Helens Borough. It is set out by themes, including population, economy and employment, health and social care. Each section presents key facts and figures, supported by charts and/or pictures. Where relevant, the data is considered in light of the current ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on St Helens.
Some of the key findings include:
- St Helens is home to 180,585 people and over 37,000 people are aged 65 or over (21% of population). Compared to the national picture proportionally, St Helens has more people over 65 years old, which can place increased demands on health and social care services.
- In the 2019 Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), St Helens is ranked as the 26th most deprived local authority in England out of 317. Its relative position has deteriorated since the 2015 IMD.
- St Helens business density is much less than the national average, there are 318 local units (businesses) per 10,000 people in St Helens, compared to 492 per 10,000 people nationally (ONS IDBR, 2020).
- However, positively St Helens employment rate has increased to 76.2% (data period is Oct 19 to Sept 20), which is better than the national average.
- Adult skills has improved at level 2 (GCSE or equivalent), level 3 (A-levels or equivalent) and level 4 (degree or equivalent).
- Life expectancy at birth for men and women is worse than the national average and has worsened since the covid-19 pandemic. There are also significant variations in life expectancy across the borough highlighting inequality in health.
- St Helens has some significant mental and physical health challenges for children and young people, with the highest teenage conception rate, the highest rate of hospital admissions for alcohol specific conditions and the 4th highest rate of hospital admissions for mental health conditions in the North West. Obesity at age 4-5 years and 10 -11 years are considerably worse than both regional and national rates.
- Although St Helens looked after children rate remains well above the national average, there has been a 50% reduction in the number of children entering care in 2020/21 compared to the previous year, which is positive. It suggests programmes of early help and intervention to support families is having a positive effect.
A summary page of key statistics has also been produced.