Woking's vital statistics

There is a wealth of statistical information available about Woking Borough, Surrey County, the South East region and England. The data is available in Surreyi, Surrey's local information system. A brief summary of headline results can be found below.

You can also access more population information via The Office for National Statistics.

Woking is one of 11 boroughs in Surrey and consists of 17 wards across 6,357 hectares, of which 60% is green belt.

Reference maps

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For a map of Surrey County Council and its 11 boroughs, click here.

For a map of Woking Borough and its 17 wards, click here.

For a map of Woking Town Centre, click here

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Demographic information

The population of Woking is 99,198 based on the 2011 Census, a 10.4% increase since 2001.

For a detailed report of the demographic profile of Woking, click here

A snapshot of the demographic profile of Woking can be downloaded here.

Age structure

  • 19% aged 14 or under
  • 66% aged between 15 and 64
  • 15% aged 65 or over

Gender

  • 49.54% males
  • 50.46% female

Households

There are 39,467 households in Woking (a household comprises one person living alone, or a group of people (not necessarily related) living at the same address with common housekeeping - that is, sharing either a living room or sitting room or at least one meal a day). A 6.8% increase.

  • The average household size is 2.49 people
  • Households with dependant children - 31.92%
  • Households with one person only - 26.6%
  • Households with 65+ only - 19.55%
  • Households with children under 5 - 14.14%

Ethnicity

  • 83.6% White
  • 2.35% Mixed background
  • 10.68% Asian
  • 1.39% Black or Black British
  • 0.88% Chinese
  • 1.1% Other Ethnic Group

Religion

  • 58.32% Christian
  • 23.12% no religion
  • 7.38% Muslim
  • 7.33% religion not stated
  • 1.97% Hindu
  • 0.68% Buddhist
  • 0.22% Jewish
  • 0.15% Sikh
  • 0.34% Other

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Information for wards

There are 17 wards in Woking and some wards have changed significantly due to the increase of population and the increase of 3,103 newly built houses over the last 10 years.

2001 2011 % change
Brookwood 2416 2565 6.17%
Byfleet 6995 7724 10.42%
Goldsworth East 7325 7970 8.81%
Goldsworth West 5297 5135 -3.06%
Hermitage and Knaphill South 5193 5330 2.64%
Horsell East and Woodham 4326 4789 10.70%
Horsell West 6839 7348 7.44%
Kingfield and Westfield 5211 5576 7.00%
Knaphill 8635 9958 15.32%
Maybury and Sheerwater 8974 10574 17.83%
Mayford and Sutton Green 2369 2470 4.26%
Mount Hermon East 4621 5211 12.77%
Mount Hermon West 4487 6052 34.88%
Old Woking 2644 3192 20.73%
Pyrford 5076 5022 -1.06%
St Johns and Hook Heath 4378 4656 6.35%
West Byfleet 5054 5626 11.32%
Total 89840 99198 10.42%

Mount Hermon West showed a net dwelling increase of 570 units over the 10 year period which resulted in an increase in population by nearly 34.88% and an increase in the number of households by 21.49%

Goldsworth East showed a net dwelling increase of 346 units over the 10 year period which resulted in a population increase of 8.88% and a 6.18% increase in households.

Maybury and Sheerwater showed a net dwelling increase of 332 units over the 10 year period which resulted in a population increase of 17.83% and an 8.52% increase in households.

Knaphill showed a net dwelling increase of 318 units over the 10 year period which resulted in a population increase of 15.32% and a 12.25% increase in households.

A snapshot with vital statistics for Woking and each ward can be downloaded.

Brookwood

Byfleet

Goldsworth East

Goldsworth West

Hermitage and Knaphill South

Horsell East and Woodham

Horsell West

Kingfield and Westfield

Knaphill

Maybury and Sheerwater

Mayford and Sutton Green

Mount Hermon East

Mount Hermon West

Old Woking

Pyrford

St Johns and Hook Heath

West Byfleet

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Estimates of the Population

The Population Topic Paper will provide information about the change of the borough profile between now and 2027. This was last updated in February 2011 and is a key document in the evidence base for the Councils Local Development Framework (LDF).

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Economic information for Woking Borough - "where business matters"

Woking Borough is a responsive, forward thinking authority and one of the South East's premier business locations.

A place with ambitious plans for economic growth, relocation and support solutions to suit the needs of business at each stage of its lifecycle.

  • Unrivalled connectivity to London, the rest of the UK and the globe.
  • Top 10 UK knowledge sector concentration - UK Competitiveness Index 2010
  • Highly qualified workforce, 38.4% of level 4+ (11% above UK).
  • Highly skilled workforce - 51% work in managerial, professional and technical occupations (10% above the UK average).
  • Central to the Guildford, Woking and Aldershot Travel to Work Area - the 14th largest labour market in the UK.
  • Space for growth - estimated at 750,000 sq ft of quality office and industrial space available, in planning or under construction.
  • For lower premises occupation costs than London and only 25 minutes away.
  • Super fast broadband access - 98.8% plus 2MGS
  • Major corporates: Maclaren, Petrofac, SAB Miller, Cap Gemini and Mustang Engineering.
  • High quality conference facilities: H. G. Wells, Holiday Inn, Gorse Hill De Vere venue.
  • Rapidly evolving business ecosystem - reinforced by a network of local, professional and expert advisors, Start Up Woking will help you to get the most out of your business ideas - advice, expertise, premises and finance options.
  • Access to the right networks: SME's in Woking and Surrey can access local business networks with weekly business events aimed at supporting networking and increasing business knowledge.

More information on Woking's economic profile can be found below:

For an economic snapshot of Woking, based on the 2011 Census, click here.

For a labour market profile of Woking, visit the NOMIS website.

For more information on population, please contact the Stakeholder Engagement Team: stakeholderengagement@woking.gov.uk