Area Information for Watford, WD17 1WP

This postcode in Watford is in the Eastern region of England. The postcode is within the Central ward/electoral division, which is in the constituency of Watford. This page combines information for the address Watford, WD17 1WP, and the neighbourhood in which it resides. If you wish, you can also view information for the whole of WD17 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 January 2002. 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 Watford
Ward Central
Constituency Watford
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 Watford, WD17 1WP:

Woodford Road, Watford, WD17 1PB
Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1DA
Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1DE
Woodford Road, Watford, WD17 1BH
Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1DS
Woodford Road, Watford, WD17 1PA

Alternatively, click here to view demographic information about WD17 as a whole.

About the Demographic Information

The information on housing, people, culture, employment and education that is displayed about Watford, WD17 1WP 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 Watford 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 4
Semi-Detached 35
Terraced 13
Flat (Purpose-Built) 54
Flat (Converted) 60
Residence in Commercial Building 6
Total 172
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Housing Tenure Embed This Back to Top

The area containing Watford contains a higher than average level of rented housing (excluding social housing) - 48% of household spaces. This contrasts with the national average of just over 16%.

Housing Tenure
Owned Outright 16
Owned with Mortgage 44
Shared Ownership 1
Rented: From Council 3
Rented: Other Social inc. charities and housing associations 11
Rented: Private Landlord inc. letting agents 74
Rented: Other 2
Rent Free 7
Total 158

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 77
Two People 43
Three People 14
Four People 11
Five People 8
Six People 3
Seven People 2
8+ People 0
Total 158

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 47
C2 - Skilled manual workers 32
DE - Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers; those on state benefit/unemployed, & lowest grade workers 29
Total 146

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 WD17 1WP however is predominantly male (56%). 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 184
Female 147
Total 331

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 11
5-7 5
8-9 1
10-14 13
15 2
16-17 6
18-19 6
20-24 31
25-29 69
30-44 93
45-59 67
60-64 9
65-74 10
75-84 5
85-89 3
90+ 0
Total 331

Relationship Status Embed This Back to Top

In the immediate vicinity of WD17 1WP there is a large concentration of residents that are single - 53% of the resident population. On average, around 35% of census respondents were single. Areas with large single populations are often in built-up areas, with good entertainment facilities. It is also common to see a younger population in these areas.

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 176
Married 86
Divorced 21
Separated 7
Widowed 7
Same Sex 2
Total 299

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 173
Good 118
Fair 31
Bad 9
Very Bad 0
Total 331

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) 126
Apprenticeship 7
HNC, HND or 2+ A Levels 29
5+ GCSEs, an A-Level or 1-2 AS Levels 37
1-4 GCSEs or Equivalent 28
No GCSEs or Equivalent 38
Other 34
Total 299

Ethnic Group Embed This

Watford 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 69% 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 229
Mixed Ethnicity 9
Indian 17
Pakistani 4
Bangladeshi 4
Chinese 1
Other Asian 17
Black African 34
Black Caribbean 7
Other Black/African/Caribbean 2
Other 7
Total 331

Country of Birth Embed This Back to Top

In this area (Watford), 51% 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 168
Wales 1
Scotland 2
Northern Ireland 4
Republic of Ireland 6
European Union 52
Other 98
Total 331

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 WD17 1WP

Passport(s) Held
United Kingdom 206
Republic of Ireland 9
Europe (including European Union) 52
African Countries 26
Middle East or Asia 19
North America or Caribbean 5
Central America 0
South America 0
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and nearby islands) 4
None 16

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 196
No Religion 71
Buddhist 1
Hindu 18
Jewish 2
Muslim 16
Sikh 0
Other Religion 3
Not Stated 24
Total 331

Economic Activity Embed This

This address within the Central ward had a larger than average concentration of residents that were in full-time employment - 56% of the resident population. On average, around 38.4% of census respondents were in full-time employment.

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 162
Part-Time Employee (defined as 30 hours or less per week) 32
Self Employed 31
Unemployed 7
Full-Time Student (with or without job) 25
Retired 10
Looking After Home or Family 4
Long-Term Sick or Disabled 14
Other 6
Total 291

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 1
Construction 13
RetailInc. Wholesale 41
TransportationInc. Storage and Logistics 13
Accommodation and Food 26
Information and Communication 10
Financial ServicesInc. Insurance 12
Real Estate 2
Professional, Scientific and Technical 24
Administration 11
Public Administration and Defence 10
Education 13
HealthInc. Social Work 33
OtherInc. Arts, Recreation etc. 12
Total 231

Watford, WD17 1WP is within the Watford Central 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 WD17 1WP
Neighbourhood Team Address Watford Central
Shady Lane
WD17 1DD
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Below are the details of the closest services to WD17 1WP. 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 WD17 1WP.

Nearest Railway Stations

Listed here are the 20 closest railway stations to Watford, WD17 1WP. The nearest railway station is Watford Junction, approximately 140 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Watford Junction 140 yards
Watford High Street 0.7 miles
Watford North 1 mile
Bushey 1.2 miles
Garston (Hertfordshire) 1.8 miles
Carpenders Park 2.4 miles
Bricket Wood 3.4 miles
Kings Langley 3.5 miles
Rickmansworth 3.6 miles
Radlett 3.7 miles
Hatch End 3.8 miles
How Wood (Hertfordshire) 4.4 miles
Headstone Lane 4.5 miles
Park Street 5 miles
Elstree & Borehamwood 5 miles
Chorleywood 5.3 miles
Harrow & Wealdstone 5.6 miles
Apsley 5.6 miles
St Albans Abbey 6.1 miles
Harrow-on-the-Hill 6.3 miles

Nearest Tube/DLR Stations

Listed here are the 20 closest Tube and Docklands Light Railway stations to Watford, WD17 1WP. The nearest Overground station is Watford Junction, approximately 180 yards away.

Nearest Primary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest primary schools to Watford, WD17 1WP. The nearest is Watford St John's Church of England Primary School, approximately 520 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
Watford St John's Church of England Primary School 520 yards
Lanchester Community Free School 840 yards
Central Primary School half a mile
Chater Junior School 0.7 miles
Knutsford Primary Academy 0.7 miles
Chater Infant School 0.8 miles
Nascot Wood Infant and Nursery School 0.8 miles
Nascot Wood Junior School 0.8 miles
Parkgate Junior School 0.9 miles
Field Junior School 0.9 miles

Nearest Secondary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest secondary schools to Watford, WD17 1WP. The nearest is The Watford UTC, approximately 740 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
The Watford UTC 740 yards
Watford Grammar School for Girls 0.7 miles
Watford Grammar School for Boys 0.9 miles
Queens' School 1.2 miles
Westfield Academy 1.4 miles
Bushey Academy 1.6 miles  
Stanborough Secondary School 1.6 miles  
Croxley Danes School 2.1 miles  
Bushey Meads School 2.2 miles
Francis Combe Academy 2.5 miles

Nearest Doctor's Surgeries/GP Practices

Listed here are the 10 closest GPs (General Practitioners) to Watford, WD17 1WP. The nearest is SUTHERGREY HOUSE MEDICAL CENTRE, approximately 360 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 Watford, WD17 1WP. The nearest is Bupa Dental Care, Watford, approximately 330 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 10 closest hospitals to Watford, WD17 1WP. The nearest is Community Eyecare Cataract and Surgical Centre, approximately 0.6 miles away.

Nearest Opticians

Listed here are the 10 closest opticians to Watford, WD17 1WP. The nearest is Gardener & Basson Opticians, approximately 670 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Gardener & Basson Opticians 670 yards
Boots-Watford - High St half a mile
Weston Opticians Ltd half a mile
Stewart-Dick Opticians half a mile
Specsaversn Opticians 0.5 miles
Vision Express 0.6 miles
David Clulow (Opticians) Ltd 0.6 miles
Boots-Watford - Harlequin Centre 0.6 miles
J B Richards 0.7 miles
Tesco Opticians 0.8 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.