Lancaster as a district lends its name to its largest settlement but also includes the towns of Morecambe, Heysham and Carnforth.

From the M6 the striking Ashton Memorial built by Lancaster philanthropist and industrialist Lord Ashton dominates the landscape with other landmarks in the district, including Morecambe Winter Gardens and Lancaster Castle. Lancaster’s population is 133,900 and the district is made up of 23 wards.



Local Economy, including Social Enterprises

Education and Learning


Arts, Culture & Heritage

52% of residents of Lancaster are happy with their access to museums and galleries, one of the highest rates in the entire North West.

Children, Young People & Families

18% of children in Lancaster live below the poverty line.


Lancaster has one of the worst ratings for quality of air in Lancashire, rating within the bottom 20% nationally.


Only 4.4% of people in Lancaster come from a black or ethnic minority background, considerably below the Lancashire average of 9.6% and national average of 14%.

Healthy Living

Lancaster has a cancer mortality rate well in excess of the national average, at 123.8 per 10,000 pop, compared to 105.4 nationally.

Housing and Homelessness

4.2% of Lancaster’s homes are vacant, above the national average of 3.1%.


17% of people in Lancaster think the area has an anti-social behaviour problem.

Social Isolation

18% of residents over the age of 60 live below the poverty line.

Strong Communities

More than 1 in 4 people in Lancaster give some form of unpaid help once a month.

Olive Branch


The Olive Branch’s mission is to alleviate poverty by providing an open access support centre in Lancaster. The centre provides food parcels from its food bank and provides courses in budgeting and debt avoidance.

Thank you

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

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