2.1.1. Ethnicity

The district also has a high percentage of Asian/Asian British, with 26.8% of the population identifying as such.

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Ethnicity

According to the 2021 Census, the largest proportion of the district’s population identifies as White, making up 67.4% of the total population. The district also has a high percentage of Asian/Asian British, with 26.8% of the population identifying as such.

Table 3: Population Ethnicity in Bradford 2021

Ethnic group Bradford district 2021 Percentage (%)
White 352,317 67.4%
Mixed/multiple ethnic groups 12,979 2.5%
Asian/Asian British 140,149 26.8%
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British 9,267 1.8%
Other ethnic group 7,740 1.5%

Source: 2021 Census data, ONS

Next: Religion

2.1.2. Religion

In Bradford, Christians form the largest religious group at 33.4%, followed closely by Muslims at 30.5%. Additionally, 28.2% identify as having no religion.

2.1.3. Disability

Overall, 19.0% of Bradford residents identify as disabled. This is slightly higher than Yorkshire and The Humber at 18.9% and 17.7% in England.

2.1.4. Age profile and gender

Bradford has a balanced gender ratio, with 50.5% female and 49.5% male residents and is among the youngest metropolitan districts in the UK, with a median age of 36.7.

2.1. Diversity

Bradford is a highly diverse district, reflecting the unique ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds of its residents.

2.2. Skills, education and employment

This section provides data on skill levels and educational outcomes in Bradford. This draws on data from the 2021 Census, and other sources highlighted, such as comparators with Yorkshire and The Humber.

2.3 Health

This section provides an overview of health data, addressing issues such as life expectancy, health outcomes, illness and wellbeing.

2.4. Socio-economic deprivation

This section provides an overview of socio-economic data in Bradford, addressing issues such as poverty, unemployment and deprivation. Data in this section comes from the 2021 Census.

2.5. Gaps in the data

Although extensive research exists on the demographics and diversity of Bradford district, there are notable data gaps crucial for arts organizations.

2.6. Opportunities

The district arts organisations can harness data to tackle entrenched issues, leveraging Bradford’s diversity and deprivation for impactful social change.

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Joint Cultural Needs Assessment

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Year 3 Evaluation Report

“There is a magic about Bradford you rarely find in other places and dreams have room to flourish here.” Creativity Council member
Needs Analysis

Then and Now: A reflection on Bradford’s Joint Cultural Needs Assessment

An update of reflections and considerations on the original JCNA commissioned in March 2020.

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