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Location: Yorkshire and the Humber

Population: 209,800 (2016)

Interesting fact: The Halifax Explosion in 1917 was the world’s largest man-made explosion prior to Hiroshima. About 2000 people were killed and 9000 injured when the SS Mont Blanc, a French cargo ship loaded with wartime explosives collided with an empty Norwegian ship. It caught fire and 25 minutes later exploded. A tsunami and pressure wave also occurred and caused considerable damage.



Calderdale is a member of the Rural Services Network and falls
under the branch of our service called the Rural Assembly.
A list of all the Rural Assembly members can be found here.


Calderdale Information

Phone number
0845 245 6000
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
Leeds City Region
Frequency of elections
Elections are by thirds
Number of councillors
Political composition
Labour - 23
Conservative - 21
Liberal Democrat - 5
Independent - 2
Calder Valley - Craig Whittaker (Conservative)
Halifax - Holly Lynch (Labour)
Decision making structure
Leader and a Cabinet
Population change
Population change
One Year Population Change
+ 0.5%
Ten Year Population Change
+ 6.2%
Police Authority
West Yorkshire Police Authority
Fire Service
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
Health Authority
NHS Yorkshire & the Humber
36,389 Hectares
Rural Output Areas
126 rural OAs from 668 OAs in total
Audited by
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Rural Classification (Defra)
Urban with Major Conurbation
Population by Area- (Density)
5.73 people per hectare
Number of Parishes
Number of Parish Meetings
Number of Parish Councils
Number of Town Councils
Average house price
£130,000 (Median price paid by local authority, year ending Q4-2015 - provided by UK HPI data published by Land Registry © Crown copyright 2016)
Outsourced Services
Information yet to be supplied
Average age of population
39.6 (2011 Census data)
Main Towns
Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden
Unemployment rate
1.2% (JSA claimants for August 2017)
Current Council Tax
(amount reported is the amount received by the Council - no other services are included)
2014/2015 Council Tax - £1,251.43
2015/2016 Council Tax - £1,251.43
2016/2017 Council Tax - £1,275.83
2017/2018 Council Tax - £1,364.04

Percentage of households socially rented from council or local authority
5.4% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population who have reported they are in very good health
46.3% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population which provides unpaid care
10.5% (2011 Census data)
Employment by Occupation
Percentage of people aged 16 and over who are in Social Major Group 1-3
45.2% (ONS annual population survey - April 15-March 16)
Average annual wage for full time employees
  1. 2014 Workplaced Based Median - £24,905
    2015 Workplaced Based Median - £24,603
  2. 2014 Workplaced Based Mean - £28,825
    2015 Workplaced Based Mean - £28,868
  3. 2014 Resident Based Median - £25,530
    2015 Resident Based Median - £29,017
  4. 2014 Resident Based Mean - £25,405
    2015 Resident Based Mean - £28,911
Percentage of those employed in full time employment
38.7% (2011 Census data)
Cars or vans owned per household
(2011 Census data)
No cars or vans - 27.3%
1 car or van - 43.2%
2 cars or vans - 23.7%
3 cars or vans - 4.4%
4 or more cars and vans - 1.3%
Local Newspapers
Information yet to be supplied
National Park/AONBs

2015 English Indices of Deprivation analysis toolDeprivation

(Produced by Oxfordshire County Council)

The Research & Intelligence Unit of Oxfordshire County Council have produced an interactive tool that present the 2015 English Indices of Deprivation on a map of England to make it easier to explore the data for your areas of interest, and have kindly made this tool available to members of the Rural Services Network.

The analysis works through your web browser, and can be accessed for Calderdale here

(All factual information on these pages is updated annually by the RSN)
(Information given via links will however be updated as new information becomes available)




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