The district of Rossendale comprises of a number of small former mill towns centred around the River Irwell.

The major ones are Bacup, Haslingden and Rawtenstall. Rossendale maintains the mill town tradition of brass bands and at one time there were over forty in the area; even today there are many still performing. Rossendale Ski slope opened in 1972 and is popular with visitors from all over the North West as well as helping several British skiers and snow-boarders to compete on the world scene. Rossendale’s local population is 68,400 and is made up of 14 wards.



Education and Learning


Children, Young People & Families

Arts, Culture & Heritage

Only 19% of Rossendale’s population are happy with the amount of theatres and concert halls in their area.


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

Healthy Living

On average, people in Rossendale have a life expectancy of 78 years old. This is around 2 years below the national average.

Housing and Homelessness

Rossendale has some of the most affordable houses in England, ranking 13th nationally on the Housing Affordability Scale.

Local Economy, including Social Enterprises

The average wage of self-employed people in Rossendale is £12,800. The second lowest in Lancashire and in the bottom 10% nationally.


Levels of crime in Rossendale are below the national average on a number of measures, including levels of vehicular crime and burglaries.

Social Isolation

22% of people aged over 60 in Rossendale live below the poverty line.

Strong Communities

36% of people in Rossendale think the area suffers from people not treating each other with respect.


70.3% of Rossendale’s working age population are economically active, above the Lancashire average of 67.5%.

Car Video Unit


CAR Video Unit is a community training organisation based in Rossendale. It was set up to provide accessible video production training to the people of Lancashire and the North West. Wherever possible they link their project groups to local voluntary and community organisations in Rossendale, helping to raise organisations’ profiles and attract further support.

Thank you

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

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