The borough of Chorley is named after its largest settlement and is situated close to the border with Greater Manchester.

The district is home to the Woodlands Conference Centre and Lancashire College, the centre for Adult Learning run by Lancashire County Council. The Chorley Cake is a well-known local delicacy, sometimes known locally as a ‘fly pie’. Chorley’s local population is 109,100 and is made up of 20 wards.




Education and Learning

Healthy Living

Arts, Culture & Heritage

Only 1.4% of people in Chorley are employed in the creative sector, compared to the national average of 2.75%.

Children, Young People & Families

Approximately 1 in 3 people in Chorley think parents do not take enough responsibility for their children’s behaviour.


The average resident of Chorley has a pre-tax personal income of £24,900 compared to £27,400 nationally.

Housing and Homelessness

From 2002 to 2012, house prices in Chorley rose by 66%, one of the highest increases across Lancashire and the highest third nationally.

Local Economy, including Social Enterprises

Chorley residents have the highest levels of personal debt in Lancashire, at £2,759 per person, compared to £1,867 nationally.


Around 1 in 4 people think drunk and rowdy behaviour is a problem in Chorley.

Social Isolation

16% of residents over the age of 60 live below the poverty line.

Strong Communities

82% of residents in Chorley think the area is a place where people of different backgrounds get on well.


At 5.3%, Chorley has an unemployment rate considerably below the Lancashire (7%) and national (7.8%) averages.

Disability Equality


Disability Equality runs monthly meetings for disabled people in Chorley and South Ribble. They offer peer support - including hire of rooms, refreshments, paperwork help, marketing support and volunteer expenses. They also provide advocacy and advice on complex benefit forms and educate the local community on disability issues and disabled people’s rights.

Thank you

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

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