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North Lincolnshire Overview

Funders are unlikely to have an in depth knowledge about the needs of your local area, required to support a project need. The North Lincolnshire Data Observatory provides a comprehensive picture of North Lincolnshire and a strong evidence base to illustrate the most pressing priorities and trends affecting your local area.

North Lincolnshire is a unitary authority with an area covering 85,000 Hectares and comprises 17 wards and 57 parishes.


The population of North Lincolnshire is evenly split between rural and urban areas with just over half of the population living in the urban areas of Scunthorpe and Barton.


Natural change in population, the difference between the number of births and the number of deaths, has resulted in an increase in population over the last ten years. The population of North Lincolnshire continues to rise annually, you can view the current population of the authority here. The population of the area is projected to rise over the next 25 years, please click here to view the data.

Children and Young People

The percentage of population aged 0-15 years in North Lincolnshire is consistent with, if slightly lower than, the regional and national averages. Over the next 25 years the number and percentage of population in this age band is set to fall, according to ONS Population Projections 2012-37.

Older Population

North Lincolnshire has an aging population. According to ONS mid-year population estimates, the percentage of population aged 65+ has been increasing since Census 2001. ONS Population Projections data predicts that the population in this age band will continue to rise over the next 25 years.

Educational Attainment

Two major reforms have been implemented which effect the calculation of key stage 4 (KS4) performance measures data and as a consequence results for 2013/14 cannot be compared with results for previous years. Latest figures show that pupils in North Lincolnshire reached the same standard as the regional and national averages for both 5+ A*-C grades and 5+ A*-C grades including English and Mathematics.


The proportion of population with White British ethnicity has fallen over the last ten years, from 96% in 2001 to 92.3% in 2011, according to Census figures. Although North Lincolnshire has a low ethnically diverse population when compared to national figures, there are wards within the authority where the BME community is much higher than the local and national averages.


According to Census 2011, 43.7% of North Lincolnshire’s population thought their health was very good, lower than the national average of 47.2%. Over the last five years life expectancy at birth in North Lincolnshire for males and females has increased. Latest Life Expectancy data is available on this table.


North Lincolnshire has consistently maintained a lower proportion of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) Claimants than regionally. Around half of the claimants have been claiming for 6 months or less. You can view the latest JSA Claimant figures through this table.


The Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2015 shows that North Lincolnshire is ranked as 127th most deprived local authority in England out of a total of 326. However, 9 of North Lincolnshire’s LSOAs are ranked in the 10% most deprived in the country. This equates to 8.9% of North Lincolnshire’s population as living in England’s most (10%) deprived areas.