Blackburn with Darwen

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The area became a unitary authority in 1998, though remains a part of Lancashire for ceremonial purposes. The Gothic Revival cathedral is a major landmark in Blackburn, as is the Italian renaissance style Town Hall. Ewood Park is also well-known to football fans and the stadium sits on the banks of the River Darwen. Blackburn’s local population is 147,700 and is made up of 23 wards.



Children, Young People & Families

Education and Learning


Arts, Culture & Heritage

According to the latest national indicator statistics, only 35% of adults across Blackburn with Darwen engage regularly in the arts, compared to 45% nationally.


Blackburn with Darwen residents produce on average 515kg of household waste each year per person – the 2nd highest in Lancashire.

Healthy Living

Blackburn with Darwen has the 5th worst infant mortality rate in England with 7.6 deaths per 1000 births compared to 4.4 nationally.

Housing and Homelessness

5.8% of homes in Blackburn with Darwen are classed as vacant, the 4th highest rate in Lancashire and significantly above the national rate of 3.1%.

Local Economy, including Social Enterprises

25% of houses in Halton are rented socially.

On average 43% of new businesses in Blackburn with Darwen do not last more than 36 months.


42% of residents in Blackburn with Darwen think that drug-use is a problem in their area.

Social Isolation

28% of residents over the age of 60 live below the poverty line in Blackburn with Darwen.


Blackburn with Darwen has an employment rate substantially below the national average at 63.0% compared to 70.7% nationally.

Youth Action


Youth Action aim to offer motivational and educational activities to young people which make productive use of their time - improving their quality of life and the local community at the same time. Benefits include increasing multi-cultural understanding and mutual respect and promoting the views and interests of young people.

Thank you

Thanks to Lancashire's Councils for Voluntary Services and Lancashire County Council for their support.

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