Our city by numbers: the Census reveals all
PLYMOUTH has more than 8,000 unemployed people, 7,000 single parents and 47,000 people with no qualifications.
Figures from the 2011 Census, which were published yesterday, give details of all 256,384 men, women and children who lived in Plymouth in March last year.
The survey found there are 211,502 people aged 16 and over in the city – 90,765 married or in a civil partnership, 27,619 cohabiting, 78,544 single and never married, 22,272 divorced and 14,267 widowed.
A total of 8,136 are listed as unemployed, with 28,356 part-time workers, 69,234 full-time and 13,116 self-employed.
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Tim Jones, chairman of the Heart of South West Partnership, said: "We are not proud of having 8,000 people unemployed in Plymouth but it is where we were in terms of the market conditions.
"There has been an effect on public sector employment, we have been very much at the wrong end of the public sector downsizing that has taken place.
"The concern is that there is a lot of youth unemployment in there, which is the area we have been working hard on and doing well at.
"The figures are not something we want to run away from but I would be very disappointed if we don't start to see quite a marked reduction in these figures in the future."
The city is home to 7,863 single parents - 7,085 of whom are women and 3,139 of whom are not in employment. There are 464 people in Plymouth in a registered same-sex civil partnership.
Of the 256,384 people in Plymouth on Census day, 67 per cent were identified as English, 10.1 per cent British, 0.9 per cent (2,192) Welsh only and 0.2 per cent (534) Cornish. Another 705 people define themselves as only Irish, and 541 as only Northern Irish. 2,311 say they are only Scottish.
The survey also found that 238,263 Plymouth people are white British, 153 are gypsies or travellers, 875 are British Indian, 202 British Pakistani, 359 British Bangladeshi, 1,251 British Chinese and 1,219 British other Asian.
1,106 people are defined as Black British African in Plymouth with another 343 Caribbean and 229 defined as other Black. The census lists 399 people in Plymouth as Arab and 605 as "other".
148,917 people in Plymouth are Christian, 881 are Buddhist, 567 are Hindu, 168 are Jewish, 2,078 are Muslim, 89 are Sikh, 1,198 are listed as 'other religion' 84,295 have no religion and 18,191 did not state a religion.
47,073 people in Plymouth have no qualifications. There are 12,093 economically inactive students in the city – with another 5,692 who are in employment and 1,559 who are unemployed.
According to the Census, the average person living in the South West is 42, white, British, Christian and owns their own home rather than renting a council house.
The figures show that across England and Wales the population on Census day was 56.1 million - an increase of 3.7 million (seven per cent) since 2001.
Guy Goodwin, director of Census for the Office of National Statistics, said: "This is just the tip of the iceberg of census statistics. Further rich layers of vital information will be revealed as we publish more detailed data for very local levels over the coming months."
Jointly with the South East, the South West had the smallest proportion of "socially rented local authority" households (six per cent). The South West had the highest proportion (35 per cent) of households in England that owned their homes outright.
The South West had the highest proportion of people in England declaring their ethnicity as "white" (at 95 per cent). This is a two percentage point decrease since 2001, the smallest of all the regions.
The South West region had the lowest proportions of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Chinese residents - all at less than one per cent.
In the South West there was a decrease of 12 per cent in the proportion of people who stated their religious affiliation as Christian, as in most regions of England and Wales between 2001 and 2011.
In 2011, 60 per cent of residents in this region were Christian.
The South West had the lowest proportion of Muslims (one per cent) in England and Wales, the lowest proportion of Sikhs (0.1 per cent), and the highest proportion of Buddhists (0.4 per cent) in England and Wales.