Area Information for Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LW

Birchcroft in French Walls is in the West Midlands region of England. The postcode is within the Soho and Victoria ward/electoral division, which is in the constituency of Warley. This page combines information for the address Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LW, and the neighbourhood in which it resides. If you wish, you can also view information for the whole of B66 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 Sandwell
Ward Soho and Victoria
Constituency Warley
Region West Midlands * Note that this refers to the Region, not the County of the same name
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 Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LW:

Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LN
Poplar Street, Smethwick, B66 3JQ
French Walls Way, Smethwick, B66 3JS
Nash Walk, Smethwick, B66 3TW
Elmcroft, Windmill Lane, Smethwick, B66 3JN
Elmcroft, Windmill Lane, Smethwick, B66 3JW

Alternatively, click here to view demographic information about B66 as a whole.

About the Demographic Information

The information on housing, people, culture, employment and education that is displayed about Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LW 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

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

The area containing Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick 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 9
Semi-Detached 10
Terraced 49
Flat (Purpose-Built) 117
Flat (Converted) 3
Residence in Commercial Building 1
Total 189
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Housing Tenure Embed This Back to Top

The area containing Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick contains a higher than average level of social housing - 81% of household spaces. This contrasts with the national average of just over 18%.

Housing Tenure
Owned Outright 2
Owned with Mortgage 14
Shared Ownership 0
Rented: From Council 146
Rented: Other Social inc. charities and housing associations 6
Rented: Private Landlord inc. letting agents 13
Rent Free 7
Total 188

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 74
Two People 36
Three People 35
Four People 15
Five People 16
Six People 7
Seven People 4
8+ People 1
Total 188

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 7
C1 - Supervisory, clerical, and junior managerial/administrative/professional positions 28
C2 - Skilled manual workers 40
DE - Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers; those on state benefit/unemployed, & lowest grade workers 94
Total 169

Gender Embed This Back to Top

Across the UK as a whole, the gender split is roughly 49% male, 51% female. The local area around B66 3LW however is predominantly male (55%). This can be caused by a number of factors, but amongst the most common are: areas associated with nearby higher education, areas that contain large establishments such as boarding schools, and areas with younger populations (females on average live longer than males, so are more likely to be found in retirement areas).

Male 259
Female 210
Total 469

Age Groups Embed This Back to Top

The area around B66 3LW has a very large concentration of children that are under 16 (at 29% of the resident population). This is commonly seen in suburban neighbourhoods, and sometiems in areas of high social housing.

Age Groups
0-4 60
5-7 25
8-9 11
10-14 34
15 7
16-17 15
18-19 12
20-24 38
25-29 43
30-44 130
45-59 58
60-64 9
65-74 19
75-84 7
85-89 1
90+ 0
Total 469

Relationship Status Embed This Back to Top

The number of residents who are separated in B66 3LW is high - 6% of the area's population. This contrasts with a national average of just 2.7%.

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 143
Married 125
Divorced 28
Separated 26
Widowed 10
Same Sex 0
Total 332

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 228
Good 139
Fair 58
Bad 37
Very Bad 7
Total 469

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) 38
Apprenticeship 4
HNC, HND or 2+ A Levels 27
5+ GCSEs, an A-Level or 1-2 AS Levels 46
1-4 GCSEs or Equivalent 60
No GCSEs or Equivalent 117
Other 40
Total 332

Ethnic Group Embed This

Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick can be considered more ethnically diverse than the UK average. As whole, the UK population claims itself as approximately 86% white, with residents of this area being 27% 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 125
Mixed Ethnicity 36
Indian 14
Pakistani 39
Bangladeshi 23
Other Asian 41
Black African 72
Black Caribbean 65
Other Black/African/Caribbean 31
Other 23
Total 469

Country of Birth Embed This Back to Top

In this area (Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick), only 49% of the residents were born in England, so the majority of the residents of this area were not born in England.

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 230
Wales 6
Scotland 1
Northern Ireland 1
Republic of Ireland 5
European Union 26
Other 200
Total 469

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 B66 3LW

Passport(s) Held
United Kingdom 274
Republic of Ireland 3
Europe (including European Union) 38
African Countries 19
Middle East or Asia 32
North America or Caribbean 10
Central America 0
South America 0
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and nearby islands) 0
None 93

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 187
No Religion 45
Buddhist 0
Hindu 4
Jewish 1
Muslim 196
Sikh 12
Other Religion 2
Not Stated 22
Total 469

Economic Activity Embed This

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 72
Part-Time Employee (defined as 30 hours or less per week) 34
Self Employed 14
Unemployed 53
Full-Time Student (with or without job) 42
Retired 23
Looking After Home or Family 35
Long-Term Sick or Disabled 23
Other 28
Total 324

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 14
Construction 4
RetailInc. Wholesale 15
TransportationInc. Storage and Logistics 16
Accommodation and Food 11
Information and Communication 4
Financial ServicesInc. Insurance 3
Real Estate 1
Professional, Scientific and Technical 2
Administration 20
Education 10
HealthInc. Social Work 31
OtherInc. Arts, Recreation etc. 2
Total 133

Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LW is within the Smethwick Town policing neighbourhood, under the West Midlands Police force area. For non-urgent queries, contact 101. For emergency assistance, please contact 999. In November 2020, 152 crimes were reported within half a mile of B66 3LW.

Neighbourhood Team

Crime: Click here to view 152 crimes committed near Birchcroft
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Below are the details of the closest services to French Walls. 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 B66 3LW.

Nearest Railway Stations

Listed here are the 20 closest railway stations to Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LW. The nearest railway station is Smethwick Rolfe Street, approximately 0.7 miles away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Smethwick Rolfe Street 0.7 miles
The Hawthorns 1 mile
Smethwick Galton Bridge 1.2 miles
Jewellery Quarter 1.8 miles
Langley Green 2.1 miles
Five Ways 2.3 miles
Birmingham Snow Hill 2.4 miles
Birmingham New Street 2.6 miles
Sandwell & Dudley 2.6 miles
Perry Barr 2.8 miles
Birmingham Moor Street 2.8 miles
Hamstead (Birmingham) 2.9 miles
University (Birmingham) 3 miles
Witton (West Midlands) 3.3 miles
Rowley Regis 3.4 miles
Duddeston 3.5 miles
Bordesley 3.6 miles
Selly Oak 3.6 miles
Aston 3.6 miles
Adderley Park 4.2 miles

Nearest Primary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest primary schools to Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LW. The nearest is St Matthew's CofE Primary School, approximately 270 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
St Matthew's CofE Primary School 270 yards
St Philip's Catholic Primary School 380 yards
Victoria Park Primary 570 yards
Cape Primary School 700 yards
Shireland Hall Primary Academy 0.5 miles
Oasis Academy Foundry 0.6 miles
Summerfield Junior and Infant School 0.7 miles
Shireland Technology Primary School 0.7 miles  
Crocketts Community Primary School 0.7 miles
City Road Primary School 0.7 miles

Nearest Secondary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest secondary schools to Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LW. The nearest is Shireland Collegiate Academy, approximately 0.7 miles away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
Shireland Collegiate Academy 0.7 miles
Holyhead School 0.9 miles
George Dixon Academy 1.1 miles
Sandwell Academy 1.2 miles
King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys 1.2 miles
St Paul's School for Girls 1.3 miles
Holly Lodge High School College of Science 1.5 miles
King Edward VI Handsworth School 1.5 miles
Lordswood Boys' School 1.5 miles
St John Wall Catholic School 1.6 miles

Nearest Doctor's Surgeries/GP Practices

Listed here are the 10 closest GPs (General Practitioners) to Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LW. The nearest is Cape Hill Medical Centre, approximately 540 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 Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LW. The nearest is BCHC - Special Care, approximately 540 yards away. Please consult the NHS Choices website to check if the facility is currently accepting new NHS patients.

Name Approximate Distance*
BCHC - Special Care 540 yards
Capehill Dental Practice half a mile
Waterloo Dental Surgery 0.5 miles
City Dental Practice 0.6 miles
Synergy Dental Practice 0.8 miles
Smethwick Dental Practice 0.8 miles
Dental Surgery 1 mile
Central Ortho 1 mile
Sohal Dental Practice 1.1 miles
BCHC - Special Care 1.1 miles

Nearest Hospitals

Listed here are the 10 closest hospitals to Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LW. The nearest is City Hospital, approximately 1 mile away.

Nearest Opticians

Listed here are the 10 closest opticians to Birchcroft, French Walls, Smethwick, B66 3LW. The nearest is Cape Opticians, approximately 760 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Cape Opticians 760 yards
Eyeland Opticians 820 yards
Spectrum Opticians 0.5 miles
Manjot Optical 0.5 miles
Vineys Opticians 0.6 miles
Latenight Pharmacy 0.6 miles
Eye Centre 0.7 miles
Express Vision Care 0.9 miles
Avmal Eyewear 0.9 miles
Bansal Opticians 1 mile

* 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.


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Broadband in B66 3LW

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Broadband data is based on information provided by the major fixed internet service providers in the UK, including Virgin Media and BT. It does not include providers of satellite internet. Data at this postcode has been sourced from 24 reported internet connections.

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Average Download Speed 32.9Mbps
Maximum Download Speed Reported 80Mbps
Average Upload Speed 5.7Mbps
Maximum Upload Speed Reported 20Mbps
Superfast Broadband Available Yes

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Supplier Customer Rating
Plusnet 76.2%
Zen Internet 75.8%
Post Office 74%
EE Broadband 73.4%
NOW TV 70.8%
Vodafone 70%
Sky Digital 69.2%
BT Broadband 67.4%
Virgin Media 67.4%
TalkTalk 65.2%

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