Area Information for Hitchin Road, Shefford, SG17 5JB

Hitchin Road in Shefford is in the Eastern region of England. The postcode is within the Shefford ward/electoral division, which is in the constituency of Mid Bedfordshire. This page combines information for the address Hitchin Road, Shefford, SG17 5JB, and the neighbourhood in which it resides. If you wish, you can also view information for the whole of SG17 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 SG17 5JB.

Basic Information

Area Type Urban
Local Authority Central Bedfordshire
Ward Shefford
Constituency Mid Bedfordshire
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 Hitchin Road, Shefford, SG17 5JB:

Maple Drive, Shefford, SG17 5BQ
Peartree Close, Shefford, SG17 5JG
Pinemead, Shefford, SG17 5BY
Robert Lucas Drive, Shefford, SG17 5FS
Pinemead, Shefford, SG17 5BG
Oak End, Peartree Close, Shefford, SG17 5QD

Alternatively, click here to view demographic information about SG17 as a whole.

About the Demographic Information

The information on housing, people, culture, employment and education that is displayed about Hitchin Road, Shefford, SG17 5JB 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 36 property sales in Hitchin Road 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

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 30
Semi-Detached 28
Terraced 39
Flat (Purpose-Built) 44
Flat (Converted) 0
Total 141
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Housing Tenure Embed This Back to Top

The area containing Hitchin Road, Shefford contains a higher than average level of social housing - 53% of household spaces. This contrasts with the national average of just over 18%.

Housing Tenure
Owned Outright 21
Owned with Mortgage 21
Shared Ownership 0
Rented: From Council 6
Rented: Other Social inc. charities and housing associations 67
Rented: Private Landlord inc. letting agents 11
Rented: Other 4
Rent Free 9
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 59
Two People 41
Three People 22
Four People 11
Five People 6
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 15
C1 - Supervisory, clerical, and junior managerial/administrative/professional positions 24
C2 - Skilled manual workers 36
DE - Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers; those on state benefit/unemployed, & lowest grade workers 34
Total 109

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 Mid Bedfordshire constituency is broadly in line with those figures, with 51% male.

Male 159
Female 155
Total 314

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 23
5-7 7
8-9 2
10-14 10
15 5
16-17 10
18-19 9
20-24 20
25-29 24
30-44 65
45-59 64
60-64 16
65-74 21
75-84 15
85-89 15
90+ 8
Total 314

Relationship Status Embed This Back to Top

The postcode SG17 5JB 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 111
Married 87
Divorced 31
Separated 7
Widowed 31
Same Sex 0
Total 267

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 120
Good 112
Fair 56
Bad 21
Very Bad 5
Total 314

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) 52
Apprenticeship 11
HNC, HND or 2+ A Levels 23
5+ GCSEs, an A-Level or 1-2 AS Levels 40
1-4 GCSEs or Equivalent 41
No GCSEs or Equivalent 88
Other 12
Total 267

Ethnic Group Embed This

As whole, the UK population claims itself as approximately 86% white, with this area being 93% 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 292
Mixed Ethnicity 10
Indian 3
Chinese 3
Other Asian 1
Black African 3
Other 2
Total 314

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 281
Wales 4
Scotland 5
Northern Ireland 1
Republic of Ireland 6
European Union 7
Other 10
Total 314

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Note that an individual may hold one or more passports. The data may include people living in adjacent addresses to SG17 5JB

Passport(s) Held
United Kingdom 219
Republic of Ireland 7
Europe (including European Union) 4
African Countries 1
Middle East or Asia 4
North America or Caribbean 0
Central America 0
South America 0
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and nearby islands) 0
None 80

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 167
No Religion 122
Buddhist 1
Hindu 0
Jewish 0
Muslim 1
Sikh 5
Other Religion 0
Not Stated 18
Total 314

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 89
Part-Time Employee (defined as 30 hours or less per week) 26
Self Employed 15
Unemployed 10
Full-Time Student (with or without job) 18
Retired 23
Looking After Home or Family 14
Long-Term Sick or Disabled 24
Other 10
Total 229

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
AgricultureInc. Forestry and Fishing 2
Manufacturing 12
Water SupplyInc. Sewage and Waste Management 2
Construction 17
RetailInc. Wholesale 28
TransportationInc. Storage and Logistics 4
Accommodation and Food 6
Information and Communication 6
Financial ServicesInc. Insurance 1
Real Estate 2
Professional, Scientific and Technical 7
Administration 6
Public Administration and Defence 9
Education 10
HealthInc. Social Work 17
OtherInc. Arts, Recreation etc. 4
Total 133

Hitchin Road, Shefford, SG17 5JB is within the Archive - Sandy,Biggleswade,Potton,Shefford - Do not use policing neighbourhood, under the Bedfordshire Police force area. For non-urgent queries, contact 101. For emergency assistance, please contact 999. In October 2020, 37 crimes were reported within half a mile of SG17 5JB.

Neighbourhood Team

Crime: Click here to view 37 crimes committed near Hitchin Road
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Below are the details of the closest services to SG17 5JB. 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 SG17 5JB.

Nearest Railway Stations

Listed here are the 20 closest railway stations to Hitchin Road, Shefford, SG17 5JB. The nearest railway station is Arlesey, approximately 2.5 miles away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Arlesey 2.5 miles
Biggleswade 4.3 miles
Letchworth Garden City 5.5 miles
Hitchin 6.2 miles
Sandy 6.5 miles
Baldock 6.5 miles
Flitwick 7.6 miles
Kempston Hardwick 8.6 miles
Stewartby 8.7 miles
Harlington (Bedfordshire) 8.9 miles
Bedford St Johns 8.9 miles
Millbrook (Bedfordshire) 9 miles
Ashwell & Morden 9.1 miles
Bedford 9.6 miles
Lidlington 11 miles
Stevenage 11 miles
Leagrave 11 miles
Luton 12 miles
Ridgmont 12 miles
Luton Airport Parkway 12 miles

Nearest Primary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest primary schools to Hitchin Road, Shefford, SG17 5JB. The nearest is Shefford Lower School, approximately 0.8 miles away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
Shefford Lower School 0.8 miles
Clifton All Saints Academy 0.9 miles
Campton Academy 1.4 miles  
Raynsford Church of England Academy 1.7 miles
Meppershall Church of England Academy 1.8 miles
Derwent Lower School 2 miles
Southill Lower School 2.1 miles
Stondon Lower School 2.3 miles
Langford Village Academy 2.8 miles
Gravenhurst Academy 3 miles

Nearest Secondary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest secondary schools to Hitchin Road, Shefford, SG17 5JB. The nearest is Samuel Whitbread Academy, approximately 470 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
Samuel Whitbread Academy 470 yards
Stratton Upper School 4.7 miles
Fearnhill School 5.2 miles
The Priory School 5.3 miles
The Highfield School 5.7 miles
Hitchin Boys' School 6.1 miles
Hitchin Girls' School 6.4 miles
The Knights Templar School 6.5 miles
Wixams Academy 7.1 miles  
Redborne Upper School and Community College 7.5 miles

Nearest Doctor's Surgeries/GP Practices

Listed here are the 10 closest GPs (General Practitioners) to Hitchin Road, Shefford, SG17 5JB. The nearest is Shefford Health Centre, approximately 160 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 Hitchin Road, Shefford, SG17 5JB. The nearest is Shefford Dental Clinic, approximately < 50 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 Hitchin Road, Shefford, SG17 5JB. The nearest is Biggleswade Hospital, approximately 5.6 miles away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Biggleswade Hospital 5.6 miles
Pinehill Hospital 6.4 miles
Steppingley Hospital 8.1 miles
Bedford Hospital South Wing 9 miles

Nearest Opticians

Listed here are the 10 closest opticians to Hitchin Road, Shefford, SG17 5JB. The nearest is Stephen Hing Opticians, approximately 530 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Stephen Hing Opticians 530 yards
Paul Adler Optometrist 4.2 miles
Allders Opticians 4.3 miles
Boots Opticians 4.3 miles
S H Harrold Ltd 4.4 miles
Clear Vision Direct 4.5 miles
Vision Care 5.6 miles
David Stern Opticians 5.6 miles
Allders Opticians 5.6 miles
Boots-Letchworth 5.7 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.


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Broadband in SG17 5JB

This postcode has support for Ultrafast broadband at one or more premises. Ultrafast broadband is the latest high-speed standard, generally taken to mean fixed line broadband at a potential speed of 300Mbps or more - more than enough for even the most demanding household gaming, video calling, video and internet browsing needs. Note that occasionally some properties in a postcode may still not be eligible due to conditions on the ground, or the building structure. If you wish to enquire about a specific property in this postcode, contact the major suppliers, for instance Virgin Media, BT Broadband and Plusnet. For more information on Superfast Broadband, see the OpenReach website.

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 19 reported internet connections.

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Average Download Speed 70.1Mbps
Maximum Download Speed Reported 200Mbps
Average Upload Speed 8.7Mbps
Maximum Upload Speed Reported 20Mbps
Ultrafast (300Mbps+) 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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