Our Great City

Newcastle is an outward-looking, forward-thinking city that is investing for the future - a place where businesses grow, thrive and stay. It is international and European, cosmopolitan and progressive – Newcastle is a city which is constantly evolving and improving.

Compact and well-connected, Newcastle is easy to get to and exceptionally easy to get around, with worldwide connections to global international markets and an accessible and welcoming business network. Combined with its thriving cultural scene and spectacular coast and countryside right on the doorstep, Newcastle offers an outstanding quality of life that is second to none.

Above all, it is our people that make Newcastle a great city. Newcastle’s people blend invention, creativity and hard work with warmth and generosity. Our people are proud to be from Newcastle, they are passionate about their city.

Yet, despite progress, there remain significant inequalities between people in Newcastle. Whilst many of our people are a playing their part in the city’s economic growth, too many people are not able to access the opportunities from this growth and continue to be left behind. Because the city’s people are its greatest asset, this loss of opportunity for some, affects all of us. It represents wasted opportunities for individuals, communities and the city as a whole. That is why our continued economic growth must include opportunities for people who have been excluded in the past, building on the talents and skills of everyone. That is what we mean by inclusive growth.

What makes Newcastle unique?

  • We are a growing city: There are approximately 292,800 people living in Newcastle, up from 289,800 in 2014. This is forecast to grow to be as much as 312,900 by 2030. There are 7,665 businesses based in Newcastle, up from 6,680 in 2014.
  • We are a young city: 60,800 people (20.8% of the population) are ages 15-24 years old – this unusually high proportion reflects the number of students living in the city. 41,900 (14.3% of the population) are aged 65 and over.
  • We are a diverse city: 13.4% were born outside of the UK and 5.9% of households have no people who have English as their main language.
  • We are a city with mixed wellbeing: 79.6% of people report their health to the very good or good. 18.7% have a long-term health problem or disability that limits their day-to-day life to some degree.
  • We are a city with areas of significant deprivation: Newcastle’s people currently live in the 53rd (out of 326) most deprived local authority area in the country, an improvement from 40th in 2010. While 23% of people in Newcastle live in the 10% most deprived areas nationally, around 12% live in the 10% least deprived areas nationally. 57% of 0-4 year olds and 55% of 5-14 year olds live in the 30% most deprived areas in England. There are 56,619 children and young people, over 2,500 children are supported by Children’s Social Care and 9,283 (23.2%) are eligible for Free School Meals.
  • We are a city with mixed qualification levels: 56.0% of young people achieved 5 A* - C GCSEs in 2016, down from 57.4% in 2014 and below the England average of 57.7%. 20% of our residents aged 50-64 years have no qualifications. Only 4.4% of residents aged 16-24 have no qualifications.
  • We are a city where unemployment has reduced significantly but remains too high: The unemployment rate has fallen to 7.1%, down from double-digit levels two years ago. However, this still means 10,500 residents are unemployed, and the rate in Newcastle remains significantly above the national average of 4.8%. Employment levels differ between age groups; 47.4% of people aged 16-24 are employed. 74.7% of people aged 25-49 are employed. 35.6% of people aged 50 and over are employed. The percentage of people working ranges from 48.5% in Walker to 77.1% in North Jesmond. 7.1% of young people are not in education, employment or training. 21.2% of jobs pay less than £8.25 per hour (the Newcastle Living Wage). The average weekly wage of people who live in Newcastle has increased from £484.00 in 2014 to £507.90 in 2016 but remains lower than the UK average of £541.00.
  • We are a city with a variety of housing options: There are 117,153 occupied households in Newcastle. There are a higher proportion of flats and a lower proportion of detached properties compared to England and Wales. 58,444 own their own property, 34,850 rent their home from us or a housing association, 22, 318 rent from a private landlord. Our arm’s length management organisation, Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), manages over 26,000 council homes and 1,800 leasehold properties.
  • We are a green city: There are 3,700 streets covering 12 million square metres, 1,000km of roads and 2,000km of pavements. 55% of the city is green space and 89% of people live within 300m of public green space. 58.1% of residents use a park or green space once a month. 80% of residents are satisfied with their local area.
Page last updated: 
7 September 2017
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