"Cheshire and Warrington’s size per square kilometre is 2,342. This accounts for 17% of the North West region"
Since 1992 the population of Cheshire and Warrington has grown 9%, to 900,000. This currently offers businesses a pool of 534,400 within the working age population (males aged 16-64 and females aged 16-59). Therefore, 59% of all Cheshire and Warrington’s population are currently at working age. The economic activity rate (the proportion of residents who are employed or unemployed) has remained at around 80% over the last five years. Positively, this has consistently outperformed the North West (74.6%), and indeed, the UK (76.7% in 2009).
Cheshire is often perceived as rural, this is reflected by proportion of population who live in rural areas. For instance 39% of the population in Cheshire East live in a rural location. Likewise, in Cheshire West and Chester the figure is 34%. Obviously, the remaining population live in large urban areas such as Chester (74,410), Ellesmere Port (61,640), Macclesfield (50,270), and Warrington Borough (88,100).
Cheshire and Warrington’s size per square kilometre is 2,342. This accounts for 17% of the North West region. In terms of population density, on average, there are 429 people per square kilometre, compared to a figure of 397 for England and 489 for the North West. Unsurprisingly, Warrington has high population density, with 1093 people. Consequently, offering a large pool of people within a relatively small area for any potential employer.