Harrogate factfile: County Council report reveals district's performance in education, traffic and affluency

A review into how Harrogate and Knaresborough are performing has been issued by North Yorkshire County Council.
A review into how Harrogate and Knaresborough are performing has been issued by North Yorkshire County Council.

Harrogate and Knaresborough has scored top marks in a County Council profile which shows all seven secondary schools in the twin towns have been rated by OFSTED as either "good" or "outstanding."

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The 100% pass compares with a figure of 79.7% across the country as a whole. And of Harrogate and Knaresborough's 30 primary schools, 90% have been rated as good with just one, Starbeck Community School, assessed as "inadequate."

Older citizens would also appear to have benefitted from better education with only 17% of Harrogate & Knaresborough residents holding no qualifications at all compared with 22% in the rest of England.

The average Harrogate household is also comparatively well-off, enjoying a weekly income of £858 compared with £766 elsewhere in the country. Moreover, 82% of Harrogate residents have access to a private car compared with 74% in the rest of the country.

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But having a bright and affluent population also has its costs. The factfile produced by North Yorkshire County Council shows Harrogate to be the most unaffordable place to live in the whole of Yorkshire and Humber; while traffic congestion is identified as an issue of concern with unacceptably high levels of pollution in three key blackspots.

Fortunately, if pollution (or anything else) causes health problems, residents are well-served by Harrogate District Hospital and a network of 21 GP surgeries which is reassuring since the survey also highlights the fact that 16% of the population have a limiting, long-term illness; and 8% of Harrogate's children are classified as "living in poverty."

The population of Harrogate and Knaresborough now stands at 88,250 with 22.2% aged 65 or over, compared with the national average of 17.9%.

There are marginally fewer men living in Harrogate & Knaresborough: 48.4% as against 51.6% women. There is also very little ethnic diversity with 90.6% of residents identifying themselves as "White British."