Wirral Story of people and place
Wirral is a borough of contrasts, both in its physical characteristics and demographics. Rural areas and urban and industrialised areas sit side by side in a compact peninsula of just 60 square miles and 24 miles of coastline.
The most recent population figures for Wirral show the population was 321,238 in 2016, making it one of the largest metropolitan boroughs in England.
Demographically, Wirral differs slightly to England, as it has a lower proportion of younger adults in their 20s and 30s and a higher proportion of older people.
In addition, life expectancy varies by around 10 years between wards in the east and west of Wirral, reflecting the large inequalities which are apparent in the Borough.
Wirral does however, perform well compared to other, demographically similar areas on a range of factors such as homelessness and educational attainment. The percentage of children classed as being ready for school and attainment at GCSE are above average – and these are both hugely important for the future prosperity of Wirral residents, given that education is an established route out of poverty.