The Cheshire and Merseyside region is home to over two and a half million people across nine boroughs. Our Partnership strives to improve the overall health of our population, as well as the services we can offer on a day-to-day basis.
In our region, 33% of the population live in the most deprived 20% of neighbourhoods in England; according to the GP patient survey for England, across Cheshire and Merseyside 4% of patients state their sexual orientation as being either Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Other and 4.5% of the population are from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups.
With this in mind, the Partnership is fully committed to advancing equality, diversity and inclusion across the region. Click on the boroughs below to find out more about each borough’s population makeup.
By population alone, Cheshire East is the 3rd largest Unitary Authority in the North West, and the 16th largest in the country. With approximately 384,200 residents, the borough has an average age of 43.6 years and a growing BME population of 3.3%.
The proportion of Cheshire East residents who classed themselves as Christian reduced from 80.3% in 2001 to 68.9% in 2011, with the proportion of those having no religion almost doubling in the same period to 22.7%.
Cheshire West has a population of around 329,608. According to the latest census report, the borough has a population predominantly within the age range of 45-49 (25,698), closely followed by those in the 40-44 bracket (24,677).
Of all the places under the Partnership’s footprint, Cheshire West has the second highest BME population which currently stands at 6.1%. In 2011, 48.5% of residents claimed to be in ‘good health’ compared to 1.2% who felt they were in the ‘very poor health’ category.
With a life satisfaction score of 7.64/10, the borough of Halton is home to over 128,000 content residents. Halton still presents a relatively low BME population of 2%, with the first language as English and second as Polish. The latest census report from Halton Borough Council revealed that it is facing an ageing population with the older people age group (65+) projected to grow by 33% from 17,300 in 2010 to 25,700 in 2025.
Knowsley’s population was estimated to be 148,560 in 2017. People aged 40-59 make up the largest single age group of residents (26.7%). Figures from 2012 show that BME ethnic groups make up 2.7% of the borough’s population, whilst “White British” remains the most common ethnicity group in the area. The latest projections show that by 2039, the Knowsley population is expected to reach 151,953 should the current population trend continue.
The resident population of St Helens is 177,188 people. The current population projections indicate that there will be a population increase of 5% by 2025. St Helens currently has the lowest BME community of all the places covered by the Partnership at 1.8%. Recent census data has also predicted that over the next 25 years the number of residents in their 80s is expected to almost double, from 6,700 in 2012 to 12,800 in 2037.
As with other main cities, Liverpool has a large and diverse population. In the 2011 UK Census, the recorded population of Liverpool was 466,415, with 6% of residents reported from BME backgrounds. The predominantly young age range of residents from across the city reflects its popularity among students and young professionals.
Over three quarters (77.2%) of Liverpool residents report their health as either very good or good. Latest figures highlight that there are 3,651 fewer Liverpool residents with a limiting long-term illness/disability than there were in the previous census.
Sefton has a population of approximately 274,000, with 23% of Sefton’s population 65 years old or over (61,809) and one in five aged under 18 (53,201). Sefton is ranked 18th out of 326 local authorities for the number of residents aged 65 or over. Latest figures show that the BME population in Sefton is growing and currently stands at 2.6%.
Warrington has a population of over 210,000 and is also home to the largest BME population (7.1%) across Cheshire and Merseyside. The most multicultural parts of Warrington are in the town centre, as well as the western and north western suburbs, such as Bewsey and Westbrook. The average age of the population is 38.06 years, which is slightly below the regional and national averages.
The current population of Wirral is 322,796. The borough also has a higher proportion of older people and a lower proportion of working age people compared to the rest of England. The population of Wirral is projected to increase by 1.6% overall by 2039 according to the Office for National Statistics, from 323,200 to 328,500. Of the population, 2% are reported to be of a BME background. Healthy Life Expectancy data shows that people in Wirral spend around three-quarters of their life in good health; this is lower than in England.