Area Information for Bedford, MK40 2RL

This postcode in Bedford is in the Eastern region of England. The postcode is within the Harpur ward/electoral division, which is in the constituency of Bedford. This page combines information for the address Bedford, MK40 2RL, and the neighbourhood in which it resides. If you wish, you can also view information for the whole of MK40 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.

Please Note

This postcode was terminated by the Royal Mail in December 1991. Where possible, we have attempted to find data relating to the area in which the postcode used to reside before retirement. However, some data such as street names and house pricing is based on current postcodes only and so may be missing or incomplete.

Basic Information

Area Type Urban
Local Authority Bedford
Ward Harpur
Constituency Bedford
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 Bedford, MK40 2RL:

Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2HB
Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2RR
Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2RH
Boswell Place, Bedford, MK40 2PX
Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2RP
The Crescent, Bedford, MK40 2RT

Alternatively, click here to view demographic information about MK40 as a whole.

About the Demographic Information

The information on housing, people, culture, employment and education that is displayed about Bedford, MK40 2RL 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 Bedford 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 5
Semi-Detached 22
Terraced 7
Flat (Purpose-Built) 32
Flat (Converted) 49
Residence in Commercial Building 16
Total 131
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Housing Tenure Embed This Back to Top

The area containing Bedford contains a higher than average level of rented housing (excluding social housing) - 60% of household spaces. This contrasts with the national average of just over 16%.

Housing Tenure
Owned Outright 10
Owned with Mortgage 27
Shared Ownership 0
Rented: From Council 0
Rented: Other Social inc. charities and housing associations 10
Rented: Private Landlord inc. letting agents 68
Rented: Other 3
Rent Free 1
Total 119

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 58
Two People 35
Three People 15
Four People 7
Five People 0
Six People 2
Seven People 1
8+ People 1
Total 119

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 22
C1 - Supervisory, clerical, and junior managerial/administrative/professional positions 39
C2 - Skilled manual workers 17
DE - Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers; those on state benefit/unemployed, & lowest grade workers 28
Total 106

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 Bedford constituency is broadly in line with those figures, with 54% male.

Male 136
Female 115
Total 251

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 8
5-7 7
8-9 5
10-14 8
15 2
16-17 4
18-19 5
20-24 14
25-29 28
30-44 65
45-59 60
60-64 18
65-74 19
75-84 4
85-89 2
90+ 2
Total 251

Relationship Status Embed This Back to Top

The postcode MK40 2RL 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 105
Married 69
Divorced 30
Separated 6
Widowed 10
Same Sex 1
Total 221

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 109
Good 92
Fair 36
Bad 10
Very Bad 4
Total 251

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) 75
Apprenticeship 3
HNC, HND or 2+ A Levels 23
5+ GCSEs, an A-Level or 1-2 AS Levels 23
1-4 GCSEs or Equivalent 27
No GCSEs or Equivalent 47
Other 23
Total 221

Ethnic Group Embed This

As whole, the UK population claims itself as approximately 86% white, with this area being 76% 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 191
Mixed Ethnicity 8
Indian 19
Pakistani 12
Bangladeshi 2
Other Asian 5
Black African 8
Black Caribbean 2
Other Black/African/Caribbean 2
Other 2
Total 251

Country of Birth Embed This Back to Top

In this area (Bedford), 63% of the residents were born in England, which is significantly below the English average.

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 157
Wales 4
Scotland 4
Northern Ireland 0
Republic of Ireland 6
European Union 34
Other 46
Total 251

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 MK40 2RL

Passport(s) Held
United Kingdom 149
Republic of Ireland 4
Europe (including European Union) 35
African Countries 6
Middle East or Asia 15
North America or Caribbean 0
Central America 0
South America 1
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and nearby islands) 1
None 44

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 126
No Religion 82
Buddhist 0
Hindu 13
Jewish 0
Muslim 18
Sikh 0
Other Religion 5
Not Stated 7
Total 251

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 74
Part-Time Employee (defined as 30 hours or less per week) 26
Self Employed 17
Unemployed 16
Full-Time Student (with or without job) 21
Retired 15
Looking After Home or Family 6
Long-Term Sick or Disabled 26
Other 12
Total 213

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 6
Water SupplyInc. Sewage and Waste Management 1
Construction 5
RetailInc. Wholesale 15
TransportationInc. Storage and Logistics 10
Accommodation and Food 8
Information and Communication 7
Financial ServicesInc. Insurance 2
Real Estate 2
Professional, Scientific and Technical 9
Administration 9
Public Administration and Defence 6
Education 18
HealthInc. Social Work 19
OtherInc. Arts, Recreation etc. 8
Total 125

Bedford, MK40 2RL is within the Harpur,Brickhill and De Parys policing neighbourhood, under the Bedfordshire Police force area. For non-urgent queries, contact 101. For emergency assistance, please contact 999.

Neighbourhood Team

Crime: Click here to view crimes committed near MK40 2RL
Neighbourhood Team Address Harpur,Brickhill and De Parys
Lime Street
MK40 1LA
Force Website:

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Below are the details of the closest services to MK40 2RL. 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 MK40 2RL.

Nearest Railway Stations

Listed here are the 15 closest railway stations to Bedford, MK40 2RL. The nearest railway station is Bedford, approximately 850 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Bedford 850 yards
Bedford St Johns 0.8 miles
Kempston Hardwick 3.6 miles
Stewartby 5.4 miles
Millbrook (Bedfordshire) 6.6 miles
Lidlington 7.8 miles
Sandy 8.2 miles
Ridgmont 9.5 miles
Flitwick 9.6 miles
Biggleswade 9.7 miles
Aspley Guise 11 miles
St Neots 12 miles
Woburn Sands 12 miles
Arlesey 12 miles
Harlington (Bedfordshire) 13 miles

Nearest Primary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest primary schools to Bedford, MK40 2RL. The nearest is Livingstone Primary School, approximately 470 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
Livingstone Primary School 470 yards
Priory Primary School 480 yards
Edith Cavell Primary School 0.5 miles
Castle Newnham School 0.8 miles
Great Ouse Primary Academy 0.9 miles  
Queen's Park Academy 0.9 miles
St Joseph's and St Gregory's Catholic Primary School 1 mile
Westfield School 1 mile
St John Rigby Catholic Primary School 1 mile
Cauldwell School 1 mile

Nearest Secondary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest secondary schools to Bedford, MK40 2RL. The nearest is Bedford Free School, approximately 0.6 miles away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
Bedford Free School 0.6 miles
Castle Newnham School 0.9 miles
Biddenham International School and Sports College 1.1 miles
Goldington Academy 1.2 miles
St Thomas More Catholic School 1.5 miles
Bedford Academy 1.7 miles
Daubeney Academy 2 miles
Mark Rutherford School 2 miles
Kempston Challenger Academy 2.7 miles
Lincroft Academy 2.8 miles

Nearest Doctor's Surgeries/GP Practices

Listed here are the 10 closest GPs (General Practitioners) to Bedford, MK40 2RL. The nearest is The De Parys Group - De Parys Branch, approximately 390 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 Bedford, MK40 2RL. The nearest is Mrs N Waterfall, approximately 100 yards away. Please consult the NHS Choices website to check if the facility is currently accepting new NHS patients.

Nearest Hospitals

Listed here are the 4 closest hospitals to Bedford, MK40 2RL. The nearest is Bedford Hospital North Wing, approximately 730 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Bedford Hospital North Wing 730 yards
Bedford Hospital South Wing 0.9 miles
BMI The Manor Hospital 1.8 miles
Lakeside Hospital 7.9 miles

Nearest Opticians

Listed here are the 10 closest opticians to Bedford, MK40 2RL. The nearest is Simon Browning Optometrist, approximately 360 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Simon Browning Optometrist 360 yards
Simon Donne Opticians 540 yards
Alan Brunker 550 yards
Vision Express (UK) Ltd 590 yards
Specsavers Opticians 630 yards
Boots-Bedford - Harper Centre 630 yards
Humphriss & Burgess 680 yards
Allders Opticians 750 yards
Homesight 810 yards
John Kaye Optometrist 1.6 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.