Population change since 2011

Since 2011, Sandwell's population has increased by 11.0%. However, there has been a large variation by ward, with the majority of wards seeing an increase in population.

  • Notably Blackheath has seen a decline in the number of residents (-1.8%).
  • Soho & Victoria, Greets Green & Lyng, Wednesbury South and Tipton Green have all seen increases of over 20% in terms of the number of residents - in Soho & Victoria this rise equates to an additional 4,590 people (+30.5%).
  • Soho & Victoria also saw a rise of over 30% between 2001 & 2011.
  • Population by gender

    The 2021 Census results show that Soho & Victoria now has the largest population in the Borough, with over 19,000 residents. The smallest ward is Blackheath, with 12,500 residents.

    The majority of Sandwell wards have more female residents than male, with the exception of Oldbury, Wednesbury North and West Bromwich Central (which are made up of 51.2%, 50.2% and 50.2% of males respectively).

    Population by age

    In terms of broad age bands, there is considerable variation by ward:

  • Charlemont with Grove Vale and Blackheath have a relatively low proportion of under 15s (18.0% and 18.5% compared with a Sandwell average of 22.2%), whilst Soho & Victoria has a very high proportion (27.9%).
  • Abbey and West Bromwich Central both have a large proportion of residents aged 15-64 (at 66.8% and 65.8% respectively).
  • Less than 10% of residents in Soho & Victoria and St. Pauls are aged 65 or over. However, two wards have over 19% of their population within this age group (Charlemont with Grove Vale and Blackheath). This compares with a Sandwell average of 14.5%.