Northamptonshire Population

Northamptonshire is a large county with a very diverse population profile. The county covers over 971 square miles, one third of which is rural. The Northamptonshire population stands at 723,026 and is set to increase by 12% by 2030. The current population breakdown by age is as follows; 20.1% aged 0-15, 62.6% aged 16-64 and 17.3% aged 65+. There are a range of wellbeing needs amongst the County’s population.

Northamptonshire as 100 people

When compared with the England average, the health of the population in Northamptonshire is varied. Deprivation is lower than the England average, with about 15.8% (22,100) of children living in poverty. Life expectancy for women is lower than the England average. In women, life expectancy is 6.6 years lower, and in men 8.9 years lower, in the most deprived areas of Northamptonshire compared with the least deprived areas.

First for Wellbeing CIC concentrates resources in the areas of greatest health inequality, focusing on making an impact where it is most needed.

The rate of alcohol-related harm hospital stays was 6,17[1], which is better than the average for England. This represents 4,166 stays per year. The rate of self-harm hospital stays was 225.22, worse than the average for England. This represents 1,608 stays per year. The rate of smoking related deaths was 2,982. This represents 1,052 deaths per year. Estimated levels of adult excess weight are worse than the England average. Public Health have commissioned First for Wellbeing CIC to provide smoking cessation services, and a community based alcohol intervention programme to support people to make changes in their lives

[1] 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)

The Public Health Outcomes Framework provides regular data on health outcomes in specific areas. For Northamptonshire, the framework indicates that:

  • At birth, life expectancy for a male is 79.5 years, and for a female is 83 years
  • Only 27.8% of eligible people were offered a health check
  • 67 % of adults are overweight or obese
  • 26.7% of adults are inactive
  • Diseases account for 69% of all deaths; Cancer (29%), Circulatory (26%), Respiratory (14%)
  • Only 58.6% (Nene Clinical Commissioning Group) and 53.9% (Corby Clinical Commissioning Group) of diabetics have good control of their sugar
  • 18.9% of Northamptonshire’s residents live in areas considered “Deprived[1]
  • Health deprivation is highest in Corby, Northampton and Wellingborough respectively
  • 69 (16.4%) of Northamptonshire’s 422 LSOAs fall within the top 20% most deprived LSOAs in England

A Lower Layer Super Output Area (LSOA) is a geographic area designed to improve the reporting of small area statistically in England and Wales. The Minimum population is 1000 and the mean is 1500. There is a Lower Layer Super Output Area for each postcode in England and Wales.

[1] 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)


Many of the illnesses and conditions referred to above are influenced by lifestyle choices. The First for Wellbeing CIC wellbeing service is designed to help people identify behaviours that contribute to ill health, or that may lead to ill health in the future, and take appropriate actions to try and improve their health.

It is recognised that those who are disadvantaged are likely to have multiple layers of deprivation. These include poorer health outcomes, poorer literacy and numeracy levels, less financial security, and an increased likelihood of becoming victims of crime.

The First for Wellbeing CIC wellbeing service is a universal service for all people, however it is recognised that those facing multiple deprivation factors may have the greatest need. Wellbeing Advisors work with GPs, pharmacists and community groups in areas of higher deprivation to encourage positive lifestyle behaviour change.

Northamptonshire’s Adult Learning and Employment Profile

Employment levels have remained stable within Northamptonshire and the county continues to have a higher employment rate than the country as an average. Northamptonshire’s Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimant count remains in-line with comparative counties, standing at 1.6% of the population or 7,070 people in March 2017. However, Northamptonshire faces significant challenges in terms of attainment, aspiration and employability skills.

  • 53.5% of pupils attained 5A* – C GCSE grades in 2014-15 (the same as the 53.5% England average)[1]
  • 5.9% of the county’s young people aged 16-24 are unemployed (compared to 4.5% of 16-64 year olds)[2]
  • 81.8% of the county are in employment (16-64 years)[3]
  • 32% of the population of Northamptonshire aged 16+ are qualified to degree level or above, compared to 38.2% in Great Britain.[4]
  • Corby (Kingswood) is ranked 88th nationally in the Education, Skills & Training Domain (lowest in the county)[5]

[1] (May 2017)

[2] (April 2017)

[3] NOMIS Official Labour Market Statistics (2017),

[4] (December 2016)