Sandwell in Brief

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The latest population estimate for Sandwell is 344,210 people.

(2022 mid-year estimate, ONS)

Population Change

The population of Sandwell is projected to increase by 30,300 people between 2016 and 2030.

(ONS, 2016)


Sandwell is ranked 12th most deprived Local Authority out of the 317 in England.

(IoD, 2019, Rank of Average Score)


Sandwell is an ethnically diverse borough.  48% of residents are from black and minority ethnic communities.  This compares to 26% in England and Wales.

(2021 Census)


Life Expectancy at birth in Sandwell is 76.1 years for males and  80.7 years for females.  Compared  to 79.4 for males and 83.1 for females in England.

(Fingertips PHE, 2018/20)


In March 2021, Sandwell had 130,246 household spaces. 54% of households were in owner-occupation, 27% social rented and 19% rented from a private landlord.

(2021 Census)

Six Towns

Sandwell is a metropolitan borough which was formed in 1974. The Borough comprises of 6 towns – Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich.


In March 2021, 29% of Sandwell residents had no qualifications, compared to 24% in the West Midlands and 18% in England & Wales.

(2021 Census)