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Location: North East

Population: 277,150 (Mid-year estimate 2015)

Interesting fact: In 1814 there were 24 shipyards in Sunderland which increased to more than 60 by 1840. Over 150 wooden ships were build in Sunderland in 1850. There were 2,025 employed shipwrights and a further 2,000 employees in related industries.



Sunderland 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.


Sunderland Information

Phone number
0191 520 5555
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
North Eastern
Frequency of elections
Elections are by thirds
Number of councillors
Political composition
Labour - 49
Labour and Co-operative - 18
Conservative - 6
Independent - 1
Liberal democrats - 1
Houghton and Sunderland South - Bridget Phillipson (Labour)
Sunderland Central - Julie Elliott (Labour)
Washington and Sunderland West - Sharon Hodgson (Labour)
Decision making structure
Leader and a Cabinet
Population change
Population change
One Year Population Change
+ 0.1%
Ten Year Population Change
- 0.7%
Police Authority
Northumbria Police Authority
Fire Service
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
Health Authority
North East Strategic Health Authority
13,959 Hectares
Rural Output Areas
7 rural OAs from 949 OAs in total
Audited by
Northern Region (Audit Commission)
Rural Classification (Defra)
Urban with Major Conurbation
Population by Area- (Density)
19.85 people per hectare
Number of Parishes
Number of Parish Meetings
Number of Parish Councils
Number of Town Councils
Average house price
£120,000 (Median price paid by local authority, year ending Q4-2015 - provided by UK HPI data published by Land Registry © Crown copyright 2016)
Outsourced Services
Events – Sunderland Live
Care and Support – Sunderland Care and Support
Housing Stock – Gentoo
Average age of population
40.4 (2011 Census data)
Main Towns
Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, Washington
Unemployment rate
2.1% (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 - £1,185.96
2016/2017 Council Tax - £1,209.56
2017/2018 Council Tax - £1,294.82

Percentage of households socially rented from council or local authority
14.0% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population who have reported they are in very good health
42.6% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population which provides unpaid care
11.8% (2011 Census data)
Employment by Occupation
Percentage of people aged 16 and over who are in Social Major Group 1-3
29.3% (ONS annual population survey - April 15-March 16)
Average annual wage for full time employees
  1. 2014 Workplaced Based Median - £25,041
    2015 Workplaced Based Median - £25,293
  2. 2014 Workplaced Based Mean - £28,266
    2015 Workplaced Based Mean - £28,868
  3. 2014 Resident Based Median - £24,165
    2015 Resident Based Median - £24,513
  4. 2014 Resident Based Mean - £26,637
    2015 Resident Based Mean - £27,078
Percentage of those employed in full time employment
45.4% (2011 Census data)
Cars or vans owned per household
(2011 Census data)
No cars or vans - 35.1%
1 car or van - 41.4%
2 cars or vans - 18.8%
3 cars or vans - 3.6%
4 or more cars and vans - 1.0%
Local Newspapers
Sunderland Echo
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 Sunderland 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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