Area Information for Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SE

Union Street 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 Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SE, 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.

For information about recent house sales in this postcode, please view our property sales page for MK40 2SE.

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 Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SE:

Tavistock Place, Bedford, MK40 2RQ
Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2SA
Warwick Avenue, Bedford, MK40 2UH
Tavistock Place, Bedford, MK40 2RY
De Montfort Place, Bedford, MK40 2FN
Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2SB

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 Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SE 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 8 property sales in Union Street 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 Union Street, 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 17
Semi-Detached 6
Terraced 8
Flat (Purpose-Built) 79
Flat (Converted) 66
Residence in Commercial Building 1
Total 177
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Housing Tenure Embed This Back to Top

The area containing Union Street, Bedford contains a higher than average level of rented housing (excluding social housing) - 29% of household spaces. This contrasts with the national average of just over 16%.

Housing Tenure
Owned Outright 53
Owned with Mortgage 28
Shared Ownership 1
Rented: From Council 0
Rented: Other Social inc. charities and housing associations 19
Rented: Private Landlord inc. letting agents 41
Rented: Other 1
Rent Free 2
Total 145

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 91
Two People 33
Three People 9
Four People 7
Five People 5
Six People 0
Seven People 0
8+ People 0
Total 145

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 29
C1 - Supervisory, clerical, and junior managerial/administrative/professional positions 19
C2 - Skilled manual workers 16
DE - Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers; those on state benefit/unemployed, & lowest grade workers 17
Total 81

Gender Embed This Back to Top

Across the UK as a whole, the gender split is roughly 49% male, 51% female. This part of the Harpur ward however contains significantly more women than average (61%). This can be caused by a number of factors, but amongst the most common are large establishments such as boarding schools and convents, and areas with older populations.

Females on average live longer than males, so are more likely to be found in retirement areas. In general, as people age they move away from city centre addresses to suburbs, smaller towns and rural locations, so these areas often show a greater number of females, with inner city areas showing the opposite trend.

Male 145
Female 225
Total 370

Age Groups Embed This Back to Top

Across the UK as a whole, the median age is 39. The area around MK40 2SE has a very large concentration of residents that are aged 65+ (at 49% of the resident population). This is most commonly seen in rural and small town areas, and areas of natural beauty that appeal to older demographic.

This type of distribution is also seen in areas that contain large retirement complexes and care homes.

Age Groups
0-4 16
5-7 8
8-9 2
10-14 8
15 2
16-17 3
18-19 2
20-24 16
25-29 16
30-44 61
45-59 48
60-64 7
65-74 25
75-84 51
85-89 47
90+ 58
Total 370

Relationship Status Embed This Back to Top

In the immediate vicinity of MK40 2SE the number widowed residents is high - 31% of the area's population. This may be indicative of an older population, and these areas often contain more women than men as a result.

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 102
Married 81
Divorced 30
Separated 7
Widowed 114
Same Sex 0
Total 334

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.

However, this area of the Harpur ward shows lower levels of residents that report their health as Good or Very Good (54%) than average, which is usually indicative of areas with older populations or areas of social deprivation.

Very Good 111
Good 87
Fair 116
Bad 36
Very Bad 20
Total 370

Education & Qualifications Embed This Back to Top

Union Street and surrounding area has a larger than average concentration of residents have no qualifications - 42% of the resident population. On average, around 22.9% of census respondents fall into 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) 94
Apprenticeship 6
HNC, HND or 2+ A Levels 17
5+ GCSEs, an A-Level or 1-2 AS Levels 26
1-4 GCSEs or Equivalent 23
No GCSEs or Equivalent 139
Other 29
Total 334

Ethnic Group Embed This

As whole, the UK population claims itself as approximately 86% white, with this area being 90% 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 334
Mixed Ethnicity 9
Indian 4
Bangladeshi 1
Chinese 1
Other Asian 6
Black African 7
Black Caribbean 7
Other 1
Total 370

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 287
Wales 5
Scotland 11
Northern Ireland 3
Republic of Ireland 1
European Union 27
Other 36
Total 370

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 2SE

Passport(s) Held
United Kingdom 200
Republic of Ireland 2
Europe (including European Union) 32
African Countries 2
Middle East or Asia 6
North America or Caribbean 5
Central America 0
South America 0
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and nearby islands) 0
None 130

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 271
No Religion 61
Buddhist 3
Hindu 2
Jewish 1
Muslim 0
Sikh 0
Other Religion 1
Not Stated 31
Total 370

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 68
Part-Time Employee (defined as 30 hours or less per week) 15
Self Employed 14
Unemployed 13
Full-Time Student (with or without job) 12
Retired 22
Looking After Home or Family 5
Long-Term Sick or Disabled 20
Other 9
Total 178

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
Construction 2
RetailInc. Wholesale 12
TransportationInc. Storage and Logistics 4
Accommodation and Food 5
Information and Communication 5
Financial ServicesInc. Insurance 9
Real Estate 1
Professional, Scientific and Technical 16
Administration 4
Public Administration and Defence 5
Education 13
HealthInc. Social Work 8
OtherInc. Arts, Recreation etc. 11
Total 101

Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SE 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. In March 2020, 356 crimes were reported within half a mile of MK40 2SE.

Neighbourhood Team

Crime: Click here to view 356 crimes committed near Union Street
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 2SE. 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 2SE.

Nearest Railway Stations

Listed here are the 14 closest railway stations to Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SE. The nearest railway station is Bedford, approximately 760 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Bedford 760 yards
Bedford St Johns 0.9 miles
Kempston Hardwick 3.6 miles
Stewartby 5.4 miles
Millbrook (Bedfordshire) 6.6 miles
Lidlington 7.8 miles
Sandy 8.3 miles
Ridgmont 9.5 miles
Flitwick 9.6 miles
Biggleswade 9.9 miles
Aspley Guise 11 miles
Woburn Sands 12 miles
St Neots 12 miles
Arlesey 12 miles

Nearest Primary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest primary schools to Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SE. The nearest is Livingstone Primary School, approximately 280 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
Livingstone Primary School 280 yards
Priory Primary School 460 yards
Edith Cavell Primary School 800 yards
Great Ouse Primary Academy 0.7 miles  
Queen's Park Academy 0.8 miles
St Joseph's and St Gregory's Catholic Primary School 0.9 miles
Castle Newnham School 0.9 miles
Westfield School 0.9 miles
Cauldwell School 1.1 miles
Scott Primary School 1.1 miles

Nearest Secondary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest secondary schools to Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SE. The nearest is Bedford Free School, approximately 0.7 miles away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
Bedford Free School 0.7 miles
Castle Newnham School 1 mile
Biddenham International School and Sports College 1 mile
Goldington Academy 1.3 miles
St Thomas More Catholic School 1.5 miles
Bedford Academy 1.8 miles
Daubeney Academy 2 miles
Mark Rutherford School 2.1 miles
Kempston Challenger Academy 2.6 miles
Lincroft Academy 2.7 miles

Nearest Doctor's Surgeries/GP Practices

Listed here are the 10 closest GPs (General Practitioners) to Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SE. The nearest is Dr KANUNGO, approximately 450 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 Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SE. The nearest is Mrs N Waterfall, approximately 260 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 Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SE. The nearest is Bedford Hospital North Wing, approximately 0.5 miles away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Bedford Hospital North Wing 0.5 miles
Bedford Hospital South Wing 0.9 miles
BMI The Manor Hospital 1.7 miles
Lakeside Hospital 8 miles

Nearest Opticians

Listed here are the 10 closest opticians to Union Street, Bedford, MK40 2SE. The nearest is Simon Browning Optometrist, approximately 550 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Simon Browning Optometrist 550 yards
Simon Donne Opticians 720 yards
Vision Express (UK) Ltd 720 yards
Specsavers Opticians 750 yards
Alan Brunker 760 yards
Boots-Bedford - Harper Centre 770 yards
Humphriss & Burgess half a mile
Allders Opticians 0.5 miles
Homesight 0.6 miles
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.