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Statistics about Dacorum

The Borough of Dacorum is in west Hertfordshire. It is made up of the main towns of Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring, plus a number of large and small villages.

As well as other data, we usually use the census by the Office of National Statistics to help with our future planning. The census is a national survey run every 10 years, with the latest one compiled in 2011. The summaries below have been taken from data sets available on the ONS neighbourhood statistics search page and from the wider ONS data sets.

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  • Access to services
    Access to services
    Service Notes
    Transport links 
    • The M1 and M25 motorways border the borough
    • The railway network offers fast and direct connections into London Euston and north towards Northampton.
    • Luton and Heathrow airports are within easy reach.

    Dacorum is relatively well served by the bus network. However, in the more rural areas, services can be sporadic. Intalink provides bus timetables. 

    GP surgeries
    There are 19 NHS GP surgeries in the borough.
    To find your nearest surgery, please see the NHS website
    Community centres

    There are 12 community centres located across the borough, which are well supported by the local communities. Bookings tend to be consistent and at a high level.

    Community centres are located in:

    • Adeyfield
    • Apsley
    • Bennetts End
    • Chaulden
    • Gadebridge
    • Grovehill
    • Highfield
    • Kings Langley
    • Leverstock Green
    • Tring
    • Warners End
    • Woodhall Farm
    Parish and town councils
    There are 16 parish and town councils in operation around the borough.
    The Hemel Hempstead area is unparished.
    Leisure centres 

    Dacorum has a wealth of sporting facilities.

    Dacorum Sports Trust offers the following facilities:

    • Sportspace Hemel Hempstead
    • Sportspace Berkhamsted
    • Sportspace Tring
    • Dacorum Athletics Track, Hemel Hempstead
    • Little Hay Golf Club, Bovingdon
    • XC - Extreme Sports Centre, Hemel Hempstead

    In addition, there is a large number of independent sports clubs that operate in and around the borough.

    Libraries

    The borough is well served by libraries. Hertfordshire County Council provides seven libraries across Dacorum:

    • Adeyfield
    • Berkhamsted
    • Bovingdon
    • Hemel Hempstead
    • Kings Langley
    • Leverstock Green
    • Tring

    In addition, those villages that are not served by a library receive a mobile library service on a fortnightly basis.


    Parks, open spaces and playgrounds 

    Dacorum is a very green borough, able to boast a high degree of recreational space for residents and visitors to the area.

    Some examples include:

    • Gadebridge Park
    • Chipperfield Common
    • Boxmoor
    • The Ashridge Estate
    • Wilstone Reservoir
    • Grand Union Canal

    There is good provision of children’s play areas in Dacorum. We currently provide and maintain:

    • 51 equipped children’s play areas; and
    • 4 staffed adventure playgrounds in Adeyfield, Chaulden, Bennetts End and Woodhall Farm.
    • There are nine additional play areas provided and maintained by the borough’s town and parish councils.
    Arts and heritage

    Theatres and amateur dramatics:

    Museums

  • Business and enterprise

    Business demography

    • In 2014, there were 8100 enterprises in Dacorum.
    • 745 enterprises opened in Dacorum in 2009 accounting for 13% of all new enterprises in Hertfordshire. By 2014, this had climbed to 1,000 a year.

    Source: Office of National Statistics, Business Demography

    Types of industry

    The top five industries in Dacorum by number of enterprises are:

    1. Professional, scientific and technical (21%)
    2. Construction (14%)
    3. Information and communication (13%)
    4. Business administration and support services (8%)
    5. Arts, entertainment, recreation and other services (7%)

    More information can be found from the source link below.

    Source: Office of National Statistics, UK Business: Activity, Size and Location
  • Crime

    Crime in Dacorum is relatively low in comparison to county, regional and national averages.

    You can find statistics on the ‘find your neighbourhood’ section on the Police.uk website, and compare Dacorum with other similar areas.
  • Deprivation

    As a borough, Dacorum has low levels of deprivation.

    • The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) score for Dacorum is 12.17
    • The borough ranks at 261 out of 326 local authority areas, placing it in the 20% least deprived local authority areas in the country. It has no areas in the most deprived 10%.

    However, it is important to note that there are several small areas (LSOAs) throughout the borough where deprivation is very apparent.

    To view the deprivation score for your area, please see the Department for Communities and Local Government on the GOV.UK website.

  • Employment and unemployment

    Employment and unemployment figures
    Employment Unemployment 
    82.8% of the working age population (16-64) in Dacorum is in employment Unemployment in the borough stands at 3.8% 

    Source: Regional labour market: LI01 - Local indicators for counties, local and unitary authorities, February 2016 

    For more monthly figures, please visit the Office for National Statistics website.

  • Health

    Public Health England published a profile of Dacorum in 2015.

    The Office of National Statistics also has a Health and Social Care section
  • History of Dacorum

    Dacorum Council was created in 1974 following a review of local government in England and Wales.

    Five smaller council areas, those of the borough of Hemel Hempstead, the urban districts of Berkhamsted and Tring, and the rural districts of Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted were merged.

    The new administrative area also took in small parts of the rural districts of Watford and St Albans. The bringing together of seven areas is marked by the seven oak leaves which surround the Tudor rose in the centre of the borough's logo.

    By decree of Queen Victoria, Hemel Hempstead had been granted the distinction of being a borough. Given that Berkhamsted and Tring also have historical significance, the newly formed district council petitioned Parliament that Dacorum be granted 'borough' status. The appeal was successful and on 1 April 1984, Dacorum became a borough. As a borough it was entitled to elect a mayor and to adopt armorial bearings – which most people refer to as a coat of arms.

    The new area needed a name that did not imply that any one of the seven areas had dominance over the others.

    The opportunity was taken to revive a name which had been in use since mediaeval times but had fallen out of common use 200 years before. "Dacorum" was one of the country’s ancient land divisions – a "hundred".

    Although scholars are not in total agreement on the origins of the word, the popular interpretation is that it's a mediaeval Latin translation of the Anglo-Saxon word for Dane or Danish. Danish settlers were common in the coastal districts of East Anglia but few ventured this far west, so their residence here may have caused the location to be referred to as a place "where some Danes live". However, no evidence of a Danish settlement was found.

  • Housing

    Tenure

    There are 59,938 households in the borough

    House ownership in Dacorum compared to other regions
      Dacorum (%)  Hertfordshire (%)  East of England (%)  England and Wales (%) 
    Owned: owned outright  29.1 30.0 32.9 30.8 
    Owned: owned with a mortgage or loan 35.7  36.8 34.7 32.7
    Shared ownership (part owned and part rented)  0.6 0.9 0.7 0.8
    Social rented: rented from council (local authority)  17.4 9.2 7.8 9.4
    Social rented: other  4.4 9.0 7.9 8.2
    Private rented: private landlord or letting agency 10.9 12.1 13.3 15.3
    Private rented: other 1.0 1.0 1.4 1.4
    Living rent free  0.9 1.0 1.3 1.4

    Source: Office of National Statistics, Census 2011, published December 2012

    You can find the prices for properties recently sold on the Land Registry website.

    Social housing

    Across the country, waiting lists have grown over the last 10 years. This may be due to the increase in property prices, as residents cannot access home ownership.

    • There are currently around 5,649 households on our Housing Register, of which 1,300 are transfer applicants and 200 are homeless applicants.

    Source: Dacorum Borough Council, February 2016

    Social housing stock

    We currently own 10,241 homes.

    Source: Dacorum Borough Council, October 2015.

  • Housing and council tax benefits take-up

    The numbers on council tax support and housing benefit vary tremendously throughout the year.

    In August 2015, there were 9,096 claimants with a mean weekly award amount of £104.

    Figures are available from the Department of Work and Pensions Stat-Xplore, which are updated automatically from each local authority and then publicly released after a delay.

  • Population
    • Dacorum has a population of 149,700. In terms of headcount, Dacorum is the largest of the Hertfordshire districts.
    • There are 73,600 males and 76,100 females living in the borough.

    Source: Office of National Statistics, Resident Population Estimates, June 2014.

    • The ward with the largest population is Leverstock Green, accounting for 6.3% of the borough’s total population. The Aldbury and Wigginton ward has the smallest population, accounting for 1.69% of the borough population.

    Source: Office of National Statistics, Census 2011

    Age structure

    The number of people of different ages living in an area affects its future social and economic development. Somewhere with many older people may have a greater need for social care resources, while somewhere with a younger population is likely to have very different needs.

    • 65.5% of the borough's population is of working age.
    • 15.8% of the population is of retirement age
    • 18.7% of the population are children

    Source: Office of National Statistics, Census 2011

Which ward do I live in?

To find out which ward you live in, visit the Neighbourhood Statistics website, enter your postcode, tick the 'ward' box and then click 'search'.