Area Information for West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL

West Common in Harpenden is in the Eastern region of England. The postcode is within the Harpenden West ward/electoral division, which is in the constituency of Hitchin and Harpenden. This page combines information for the address West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL, and the neighbourhood in which it resides. If you wish, you can also view information for the whole of AL5 here. For more details on the exact area these statistics cover, please see the map below and click "Show Census Area Covered" immediately below the map.

Basic Information

Area Type Urban
Local Authority St Albans
Ward Harpenden West
Constituency Hitchin and Harpenden
Region Eastern
Country England

Nearby Locations

Our information is available for almost all UK postcodes. Why not take a look at some of these other postcodes in the immediate vicinity of West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL:

West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FN
West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2JN
West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2JD
West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ
West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2JJ
Sir Josephs Walk, Harpenden, AL5 2DT

Alternatively, click here to view demographic information about AL5 as a whole.

About the Demographic Information

The information on housing, people, culture, employment and education that is displayed about West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL is based on the last census performed in the UK in 2011. They are performed once every 10 years. Please note: census information may include figures for adjacent streets and postcodes. The figures are therefore representative of the local area, not a specific street address or row of houses. The census collection is designed so that each group of postcodes should contain at least 100 people (50 in Scotland). This is done to preserve the anonymity of the people in that area, as some postcodes cover a very small area, sometimes a single building. You can see the area covered by the census statistics by clicking "Show Census Area Covered" below the map above.

Using this Information Commercially

The information we provide on the website is done so without charge. However, if you wish to use this data on other websites, or in any other public medium should consult our data sources page for information on how you should correctly attribute the information.

House Prices

There have been no house sales reported to the Land Registry in this postcode since January 1st 1995.

Our data comes directly from the Land Registry, and is updated monthly. It does not include commercial sales, or sales of land without property.

Housing Types Embed This

This area contains a mixture of housing types, as detailed below. No single type of dwelling accounts for more than 50% of the dwellings. Please note that the figures may include adjacent streets - see the Summary tab for an explanation and map of the area that these figures cover.

Housing Types
Detached 44
Semi-Detached 32
Terraced 79
Flat (Purpose-Built) 21
Flat (Converted) 4
Total 180
Are these numbers higher than you expected? Click here for explanation.

Housing Tenure Embed This Back to Top

The area containing West Common, Harpenden contains a higher than average level of rented housing (excluding social housing) - 27% of household spaces. This contrasts with the national average of just over 16%.

Housing Tenure
Owned Outright 75
Owned with Mortgage 39
Shared Ownership 0
Rented: From Council 2
Rented: Other Social inc. charities and housing associations 10
Rented: Private Landlord inc. letting agents 35
Rented: Other 12
Rent Free 0
Total 173

Housing Occupancy Embed This Back to Top

This data lists the total number of residents normally resident within each household. The figures do not record under- or over-occupancy.

Housing Occupancy
One Person 63
Two People 66
Three People 21
Four People 15
Five People 5
Six People 2
Seven People 1
8+ People 0
Total 173

Social Grade Embed This

Social Grade approximations are derived from an algorithm created by the Market Research Society. The figures shown are per-household rather than individual - more specifically, the job title and employer of the "household reference person" is used, analogous to what traditionally was called the head of the household. Only household reference persons between the ages of 16-64 are included.

Social Grade
AB - Higher and intermediate managerial, administrative, or professional positions 62
C1 - Supervisory, clerical, and junior managerial/administrative/professional positions 35
C2 - Skilled manual workers 9
DE - Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers; those on state benefit/unemployed, & lowest grade workers 4
Total 110

Gender Embed This Back to Top

Across the UK as a whole, the gender split is roughly equal at 49% male, 51% female. This address in Hitchin and Harpenden constituency is broadly in line with those figures, with 48% male.

Male 172
Female 190
Total 362

Age Groups Embed This Back to Top

Across the UK as a whole, the median age is 39. In general, inner city areas show high concentrations of people aged 18-30, suburbs show larger numbers of small children and adults aged 30-50, and rural and small towns are more popular with older workers and retirees. Many poorer areas lack a majority age group, which is due in part to the people in that area being constrained by circumstance rather than being able to choose where to retire, raise a family or grow up.

Age Groups
0-4 21
5-7 12
8-9 5
10-14 15
15 5
16-17 6
18-19 2
20-24 20
25-29 13
30-44 84
45-59 66
60-64 21
65-74 46
75-84 33
85-89 10
90+ 3
Total 362

Relationship Status Embed This Back to Top

The postcode AL5 2FL does not show a significant deviation from the average figures for the UK. In the UK as a whole, the average figures are approximately as follows for relationship statuses: 34% single, 47% married, 3% separated, 9% divorced, 7% widowed, and 0.2% same sex.

Figures for relationship status do not include those aged under 16, or those family members aged 16-18 who are in full-time education.

Relationship Status
Single 72
Married 171
Divorced 28
Separated 3
Widowed 30
Same Sex 0
Total 304

Health Embed This Back to Top

Health in the UK is strongly tied to age as you would expect, but the affluence of a neighbourhood also has strong influence, with deprived areas often showing poorer standards of health.

Overall, the UK considers itself to be healthy - 81.1% of residents rated their health as Very Good or Good. The full breakdown is as follows for the United Kingdom: 47.1% Very Good, 34% Good, 13.3% Fair, 4.3% Bad and 1.3% Very Bad.

This area is fit as a fiddle, with over 93% of the population reporting themselves as being in Good or Very Good health at this address.

Very Good 204
Good 131
Fair 22
Bad 4
Very Bad 1
Total 362

Education & Qualifications Embed This Back to Top

West Common and surrounding area has a larger than average concentration of residents that are degree educated or similar - 59% of the resident population. On average, around 27.1% of census respondents fall in to this category.

The qualification levels are based on current qualification names. The former Ordinary Levels (O-Levels) and CSEs will be included in the GCSE figures. Former Higher School Certificates (HSCs) will be counted as A Levels.

Highest Qualification Level Achieved
Degree or Similar e.g. professional qualification (accountancy etc) 179
Apprenticeship 9
HNC, HND or 2+ A Levels 25
5+ GCSEs, an A-Level or 1-2 AS Levels 39
1-4 GCSEs or Equivalent 18
No GCSEs or Equivalent 27
Other 7
Total 304

Ethnic Group Embed This

As whole, the UK population claims itself as approximately 86% white, with this area being 94% white.

As a country with a diverse population, the UK is home to other sizable ethnic groups, with mixed ethnicity (2.1%), Indian (2.4%) and Pakistani (1.9%) being the largest groups reported.

There is considerable division of ethnicities within the UK, with ethnically diverse addresses uncommon outside of urban areas.

Ethnic Group
White 339
Mixed Ethnicity 6
Indian 3
Chinese 3
Black African 8
Black Caribbean 1
Other Black/African/Caribbean 1
Other 1
Total 362

Country of Birth Embed This Back to Top

At the time of the 2011 census, approximately 83.5% of the resident population of England were born in England. The other groups were 1% Welsh, 1.35% Scottish, 0.4% Northern Irish, 0.75% from the Republic of Ireland, 3.75% from other European Union countries, and 9.4% from outside of Europe, with the remainder not stated.

Country of Birth
England 299
Wales 8
Scotland 6
Northern Ireland 1
Republic of Ireland 3
European Union 15
Other 30
Total 362

Passport(s) Held Embed This Back to Top

Note that an individual may hold one or more passports. The data may include people living in adjacent addresses to AL5 2FL

Passport(s) Held
United Kingdom 319
Republic of Ireland 5
Europe (including European Union) 11
African Countries 14
Middle East or Asia 1
North America or Caribbean 10
Central America 0
South America 2
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and nearby islands) 2
None 11

Religion Embed This Back to Top

England and Wales are primarily Christian countries, with 59.3% of residents Christian. However, a sizeable portion of the population (25.1%) claim to have no religion. Some 4.8% identify themselves as Muslim, 1.5% Hindu, 0.4% Buddhist, 0.5% Jewish, 0.8% Sikh, and 0.4% as other religions, while the remaining 7.2% did not state their religious views.

Christian 254
No Religion 72
Buddhist 1
Hindu 2
Jewish 3
Muslim 2
Sikh 0
Other Religion 1
Not Stated 27
Total 362

Economic Activity Embed This

This address within the Harpenden West ward is entrepreneurial, with a larger than average concentration of residents that are self-employed - 15% of the resident population. On average, around 9.7% of census respondents were self-employed. Male residents were more than twice as likely to be self-employed than women.

Figures for economic activity do not include those aged under 16, or those family members aged 16-18 who are in full-time education. This data is therefore based on 42.4 million of the United Kingdom's 57.8 million residents. The data was correct as of the 2011 census, which was a period of depressed economic activity.

Economic Activity
Full-Time Employee 102
Part-Time Employee (defined as 30 hours or less per week) 25
Self Employed 39
Unemployed 5
Full-Time Student (with or without job) 22
Retired 49
Looking After Home or Family 11
Long-Term Sick or Disabled 2
Other 3
Total 258

Employment Industry Embed This Back to Top

This data is based on resident aged 16-74 on census day 2011, who were in employment.

Employment Industry
Manufacturing 7
Construction 8
RetailInc. Wholesale 23
TransportationInc. Storage and Logistics 6
Accommodation and Food 4
Information and Communication 8
Financial ServicesInc. Insurance 22
Real Estate 3
Professional, Scientific and Technical 41
Administration 6
Public Administration and Defence 6
Education 17
HealthInc. Social Work 13
OtherInc. Arts, Recreation etc. 13
Total 177

West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL is within the Harpenden and Rural policing neighbourhood, under the Hertfordshire Constabulary force area. For non-urgent queries, contact 101. For emergency assistance, please contact 999. In November 2020, 18 crimes were reported within half a mile of AL5 2FL.

Neighbourhood Team

Crime: Click here to view 18 crimes committed near West Common
Neighbourhood Team Address Harpenden and Rural
Civic Centre
St Peters Street
Force Website:

Data courtesy of See our Data Sources page for more information.

Key: Tube Stations Tube Station DLR Stations DLR Station Railway Stations Railway Station Hospitals Hospital GP Practices GP Dentists Dentist Opticians Optician Primary School Primary School Secondary School Secondary School

Below are the details of the closest services to AL5 2FL. All distances are straightline distances, please consult the map of the facility to check the exact location. You can also view these details on our interactive services map for AL5 2FL.

Nearest Railway Stations

Listed here are the 20 closest railway stations to West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL. The nearest railway station is Harpenden, approximately 840 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Harpenden 840 yards
St Albans City 4.2 miles
St Albans Abbey 4.4 miles
Luton Airport Parkway 4.8 miles
Luton 5.7 miles
Park Street 5.8 miles
How Wood (Hertfordshire) 6.3 miles
Welwyn Garden City 6.5 miles
Hatfield (Herts) 6.7 miles
Apsley 7 miles
Welwyn North 7.1 miles
Bricket Wood 7.1 miles
Hemel Hempstead 7.4 miles
Kings Langley 7.9 miles
Welham Green 8 miles
Leagrave 8 miles
Knebworth 8.2 miles
Garston (Hertfordshire) 8.5 miles
Radlett 8.7 miles
Brookmans Park 8.8 miles

Nearest Tube/DLR Stations

Listed here are the 5 closest Tube and Docklands Light Railway stations to West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL. The nearest Overground station is Watford Junction, approximately 11 miles away.

Nearest Primary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest primary schools to West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL. The nearest is St Dominic Catholic Primary School, approximately 550 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
St Dominic Catholic Primary School 550 yards
Harpenden Academy 0.5 miles
St Nicholas CofE VA Primary School 0.6 miles
The Grove Junior School 0.8 miles
Crabtree Infants' School 0.8 miles
The Grove Infant and Nursery School 0.8 miles
Crabtree Junior School 0.8 miles
High Beeches Primary School 0.9 miles
Roundwood Primary School 1.1 miles
Manland Primary School 1.1 miles

Nearest Secondary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest secondary schools to West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL. The nearest is St George's School, approximately 1 mile away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
St George's School 1 mile
Sir John Lawes School 1.1 miles
Roundwood Park School 1.1 miles
Katherine Warington School 1.4 miles  
Townsend Church of England 2.4 miles
St Albans Girls' School 2.8 miles
Sandringham School 3.3 miles
St Albans High School for Girls 3.7 miles  
Loreto College 4 miles
Verulam School 4 miles

Nearest Doctor's Surgeries/GP Practices

Listed here are the 10 closest GPs (General Practitioners) to West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL. The nearest is The Village Surgery, approximately 720 yards away. Please consult the NHS Choices website to check if the facility is currently accepting new NHS patients.

Nearest Dentists

Listed here are the 10 closest dentists to West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL. The nearest is Bramwell Dental Practice, approximately 0.5 miles away. Please consult the NHS Choices website to check if the facility is currently accepting new NHS patients.

Nearest Hospitals

Listed here are the 10 closest hospitals to West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL. The nearest is Harpenden Memorial Hospital, approximately 0.7 miles away.

Nearest Opticians

Listed here are the 10 closest opticians to West Common, Harpenden, AL5 2FL. The nearest is Allders Opticians, approximately 790 yards away.

* Distances are measured in a straight line from the given postcode. Please consult the facility's map page or your preferred route finding/GPS app for driving directions.