The Council and democracy Census 2021 - Health Summary

In Manchester, fewer people in 2021 considered themselves in bad or very bad health than in 2011 (2,712 fewer).  

Across both censuses, the proportion of those not limited day-to-day by a long-term health condition remained the same at 82% of the population. Between 2011 and 2021 the proportion of those whose day-to-day is limited a lot decreased from 9% to 8%, and those limited a little increased from 8% to 9%.  

The number of people providing hours per week of unpaid care decreased between censuses by 4,426 people. 

Provision of unpaid care Number of residents
Provides no unpaid care     479,346
Provides 9 hours or less unpaid care a week     10,472
Provides 10 to 19 hours unpaid care a week     5,158
Provides 20 to 34 hours unpaid care a week     4,481
Provides 35 to 49 hours unpaid care a week     5,919
Provides 50 or more hours unpaid care a week     12,184

The proportion of household members with a disability has stayed largely unchanged between censuses with 66% having no disability, 26% with 1 person with a disability, and 7% with 2 or more people with a disability.  

Census 2021 was undertaken during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which may also have influenced how people perceive their health status and activity limitations and therefore may affect how people chose to respond. 

General health Number of residents
Very good     280,547
Good     173,458
Fair     64,955
Bad     24,915
Very bad     8,063


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