2.9. 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.


Gaps in the data

While there is much research on the demographics and diversity of Bradford district, there are gaps in the data of significance to arts organisations. These include:

Lack of knowledge of

the lived experience of communities in the more deprived parts of the Bradford district.

By engaging with artists and arts organisations, we can gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences within the more deprived parts of the Bradford district.

Through collaborative partnerships, we can bridge the knowledge gap and empower communities to share their stories, thereby nurturing a sense of belonging and promoting social cohesion.

Limited published information on the causes of deprivation

While existing data provides statistics on the outcomes of deprivation, such as poverty and unemployment, there is a need to explore the underlying causes. By delving into factors such as the availability of affordable housing, improving public transportation, and enhancing access to education and job opportunities, we can proactively address the challenges faced by communities.

Short-term focus

The data is focused on recent trends and does not provide information on the long-term impact of deprivation and poverty on individuals and communities, such as the effect on mental and physical health, intergenerational poverty or the broader social and economic implications.

By examining the effects on mental and physical health, recognizing intergenerational poverty, and considering the broader social and economic implications, we can develop comprehensive strategies that lead to sustainable improvements in people’s lives.

Geographical limitations

Although the existing data sheds light on deprivation at the district level, it fails to capture the variation in experiences and challenges faced by individuals living in different neighbourhoods or wards within Bradford. By zooming in on these geographical nuances, we can identify specific needs and tailor interventions that are responsive to the unique circumstances of each community.

2.1. Diversity

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

2.2. Ethnicity

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

2.3. 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.

2.4. 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.

2.5. 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.

2.6. 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.

2.7. Health

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

2.8. 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.

2.10. 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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