Area Information for Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG

Riverford Close in Harpenden is in the Eastern region of England. The postcode is within the Harpenden North ward/electoral division, which is in the constituency of Hitchin and Harpenden. This page combines information for the address Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG, 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.

For information about recent house sales in this postcode, please view our property sales page for AL5 4FG.

Basic Information

Area Type Urban
Local Authority St Albans
Ward Harpenden North
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 Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG:

Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4LY
Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4LX
Westfield Drive, Harpenden, AL5 4LW
Westfield Drive, Harpenden, AL5 4LN
Westfield Drive, Harpenden, AL5 4LP
Baulk Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FJ

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 Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG 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.

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House Prices

We have found 6 property sales in Riverford Close since the beginning of 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

The area containing Riverford Close, Harpenden consists predominantly of flats, which is common in inner cities, student neighbourhoods and poorer suburban settings. 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 13
Semi-Detached 16
Terraced 32
Flat (Purpose-Built) 77
Flat (Converted) 4
Residence in Commercial Building 1
Total 143
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Housing Tenure Embed This Back to Top

This area contains a mixture of housing tenures, as detailed below. Across the UK, an average of 30.6% of household spaces were owned outright, 32.9% were mortgaged, 18.2% were social housing, and 16.3% were privately rented at the last census.

Housing Tenure
Owned Outright 36
Owned with Mortgage 55
Shared Ownership 1
Rented: From Council 22
Rented: Other Social inc. charities and housing associations 1
Rented: Private Landlord inc. letting agents 22
Rented: Other 2
Rent Free 0
Total 139

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 71
Two People 42
Three People 18
Four People 5
Five People 3
Six People 0
Seven People 0
8+ People 0
Total 139

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 38
C1 - Supervisory, clerical, and junior managerial/administrative/professional positions 44
C2 - Skilled manual workers 10
DE - Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers; those on state benefit/unemployed, & lowest grade workers 11
Total 103

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 45% male.

Male 110
Female 134
Total 244

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 15
5-7 5
8-9 3
10-14 7
15 1
16-17 4
18-19 1
20-24 12
25-29 19
30-44 73
45-59 42
60-64 16
65-74 28
75-84 11
85-89 5
90+ 2
Total 244

Relationship Status Embed This Back to Top

The postcode AL5 4FG 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 85
Married 72
Divorced 31
Separated 7
Widowed 18
Same Sex 0
Total 213

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.

Very Good 122
Good 83
Fair 29
Bad 6
Very Bad 4
Total 244

Education & Qualifications Embed This Back to Top

At the time of the 2011 census, across the UK 22.9% of residents had no qualification, 13.2% had 1-4 GCSEs, 15.2% had 5+ GCSEs and 1-2 A/AS-Levels, 12.3% had 2+ A-Levels, 27.1% had a degree (or similar), and 3.6% had an apprenticeship.

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) 92
Apprenticeship 8
HNC, HND or 2+ A Levels 17
5+ GCSEs, an A-Level or 1-2 AS Levels 32
1-4 GCSEs or Equivalent 15
No GCSEs or Equivalent 41
Other 8
Total 213

Ethnic Group Embed This

This address (Riverford Close, Harpenden) can be considered less ethnically diverse than the UK average. As whole, the UK population claims itself as approximately 86% white, with residents of this area being 97% so.

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 236
Mixed Ethnicity 6
Indian 1
Other Black/African/Caribbean 1
Total 244

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 211
Wales 5
Scotland 3
Northern Ireland 1
Republic of Ireland 3
European Union 11
Other 10
Total 244

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 4FG

Passport(s) Held
United Kingdom 203
Republic of Ireland 4
Europe (including European Union) 12
African Countries 0
Middle East or Asia 0
North America or Caribbean 1
Central America 0
South America 0
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and nearby islands) 0
None 24

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 153
No Religion 64
Buddhist 1
Hindu 1
Jewish 3
Muslim 7
Sikh 0
Other Religion 1
Not Stated 14
Total 244

Economic Activity Embed This

This address within the Harpenden North ward showed a higher than average concentration of retired residents - 19% of the resident population. On average, around 13.8% of census respondents were retired. While the UK has an aging population, less residents over 65 are choosing to retire than previously. Between the 2001 and 2011 census, the number of economically active 65-74 year olds almost doubled to 8.7% - an increase of some 413,000 people.

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 88
Part-Time Employee (defined as 30 hours or less per week) 20
Self Employed 26
Unemployed 9
Full-Time Student (with or without job) 7
Retired 38
Looking After Home or Family 4
Long-Term Sick or Disabled 1
Other 2
Total 195

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 10
Water SupplyInc. Sewage and Waste Management 2
Construction 4
RetailInc. Wholesale 26
TransportationInc. Storage and Logistics 1
Accommodation and Food 4
Information and Communication 11
Financial ServicesInc. Insurance 7
Professional, Scientific and Technical 17
Administration 5
Public Administration and Defence 5
Education 12
HealthInc. Social Work 21
OtherInc. Arts, Recreation etc. 14
Total 139

Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG 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.

Neighbourhood Team

Crime: Click here to view crimes committed near Riverford Close
Neighbourhood Team Address Harpenden and Rural
Civic Centre
St Peters Street
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Below are the details of the closest services to AL5 4FG. 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 4FG.

Nearest Railway Stations

Listed here are the 20 closest railway stations to Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG. The nearest railway station is Harpenden, approximately 1.1 miles away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Harpenden 1.1 miles
Luton Airport Parkway 3.5 miles
Luton 4.4 miles
St Albans City 5.7 miles
St Albans Abbey 6 miles
Welwyn Garden City 6.6 miles
Welwyn North 6.8 miles
Leagrave 6.9 miles
Park Street 7.3 miles
Knebworth 7.4 miles
Hatfield (Herts) 7.4 miles
Stevenage 7.8 miles
How Wood (Hertfordshire) 7.9 miles
Apsley 8.3 miles
Hemel Hempstead 8.6 miles
Bricket Wood 8.7 miles
Welham Green 8.9 miles
Hitchin 9.2 miles
Kings Langley 9.4 miles
Brookmans Park 9.9 miles

Nearest Tube/DLR Stations

Listed here are the 2 closest Tube and Docklands Light Railway stations to Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG. The nearest Overground station is Watford Junction, approximately 12 miles away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Watford Junction Overground Station 12 miles
Watford Tube Station 13 miles

Nearest Primary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest primary schools to Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG. The nearest is The Lea Primary School and Nursery, approximately 320 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
The Lea Primary School and Nursery 320 yards
Manland Primary School 0.5 miles
Sauncey Wood Primary School 0.6 miles
St Nicholas CofE VA Primary School 1 mile
Harpenden Academy 1.1 miles
Crabtree Junior School 1.1 miles
Crabtree Infants' School 1.2 miles
Roundwood Primary School 1.2 miles
St Dominic Catholic Primary School 1.3 miles
Wood End School 1.3 miles

Nearest Secondary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest secondary schools to Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG. The nearest is Katherine Warington School, approximately 770 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
Katherine Warington School 770 yards  
St George's School 0.6 miles
Sir John Lawes School 0.6 miles
Roundwood Park School 1.2 miles
Chiltern Academy 3.6 miles  
Townsend Church of England 4 miles
St Albans Girls' School 4.3 miles
Ashcroft High School 4.4 miles
The Stockwood Park Academy 4.5 miles
Sandringham School 4.6 miles

Nearest Doctor's Surgeries/GP Practices

Listed here are the 10 closest GPs (General Practitioners) to Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG. The nearest is THE ELMS MEDICAL PRACTICE, approximately 0.9 miles 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 Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG. The nearest is Herts Community NHS Trust, approximately 0.8 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 Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG. The nearest is Spire Harpenden Hospital, approximately 820 yards away.

Nearest Opticians

Listed here are the 10 closest opticians to Riverford Close, Harpenden, AL5 4FG. The nearest is Skye Opticians, approximately 1 mile away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Skye Opticians 1 mile
Harpenden Eye Centre 1.1 miles
20/20 Eyecare 1.1 miles
Allders Opticians 1.1 miles
Redbourn Eyecare 2.9 miles
Direkt Optik 4.2 miles
Luton Optical Centre 4.2 miles
iCareCentre Opticians 4.2 miles
Elcott Opticians 4.2 miles
Allders Opticians 4.2 miles

* 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.