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students within a 1 hour drive-time

Population demographics

With the highest qualified population in West Yorkshire and a younger than average demographic, Huddersfield has a skilled labour supply on its doorstep. And with 165,000 students within a 1-hour drive-time, it’s one that is growing all the time.

Thanks to a rich tradition in advanced manufacturing, textiles and engineering, Huddersfield also offer access to sought-after sector specific skills.

  • The population of the Huddersfield area is currently approximatley 423,000; expected to rise to 436,800 by 2017
  • The Office for National Statistics (2006) projects a need for an additional 46,000 households in the area by 2033 - presenting significant opportunities for residential developers

  • As well as a growing population, residents are younger than the national average; ensuring a continuing supply of available workers that is increasing over the next decade

  • This is a skilled and motivated population, with over 31% of 18-24 year olds in full time education and 26% of working age residents educated to NVQ Level 4 (degree or equivalent) or above

  • The University of Huddersfield has over 21,000 students from over 120 countries - many of whom choose to stay in the area once they graduate

  • The area benefits from a diverse population, with 21% from a minority ethnic background.