Blackpool was made a unitary authority in 1998 but remains a part of Lancashire for ceremonial purposes.

Tourism is the major form of employment and attractions in Blackpool such as the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Zoo and the annual Illuminations have all adapted over the years to allow Blackpool to remain the one of the country’s leading resorts. Blackpool’s local population is 142,000 and is made up of 21 separate wards.



Local Economy, including Social Enterprises


Healthy Living

Arts, Culture & Heritage

4 of every 10 Blackpool residents claim to have visited a museum or gallery in the past 12 months.

Children, Young People & Families

30% of children live below the poverty line in Blackpool - considerably above the national average of 20%.

Education and Learning

31.3% of people in Blackpool hold no qualifications – significantly above the Lancashire (24.8%) and England (22.7%) averages.


More than half of Blackpool’s residents (52%) are dissatisfied with the amount of litter and refuse in public places.


Only 3.3% of people in Blackpool come from a black or ethnic minority background, considerably below the Lancashire average of 9.6% and national average of 14%.

Housing and Homelessness

Only 30% of homes in Blackpool are privately owned, the second lowest in Lancashire.


1 in 4 residents in Blackpool think the area has a problem with anti-social behaviour.

Social Isolation

27% of residents over the age of 60 live below the poverty line in Blackpool.

Strong Communities

37% of people in Blackpool think the areas suffers from people not treating others with respect.

Blackpool Carers Centre


Blackpool Carers Centre provides the only young carers’ service to the Blackpool community. Through their young carers support programme they support young carers whose parents have mental health or substance misuse problems. The majority of these young people are hidden from children’s and adults’ services and experience a chaotic home life.

Thank you

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

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