Lincoln City Profile

Lincoln City Profile 2022/2023

Lincoln high street

The Lincoln City Profile’s purpose is simple, to provide a breadth of information based on the key demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the city. It is a valuable source of summary information all contained in one document.

The Lincoln City Profile paints a unique picture of what it is like to live and work in Lincoln.

Lincoln City Profile 2022/2023 (Full version) 

The Lincoln City Profile draws and collates information from across a full range of measures and sources, focusing on recently released data including Census 2021 data.

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Key observations:

  • Between 2020 and 2021, Lincoln’s population has risen by 3,764 to 103,813.  The majority of this increase comprised additional female residents.
  • Lincoln remains a young city with 29.3% of its population in the 15-29 age bracket.
  • Based on the 2021 Census, the number of people per square kilometre in Lincoln was 2,909.
  • Park Ward is the most populous ward in Lincoln with 12,002 residents.
  • The number of new National Insurance number (NiNo) registrations increased from 470 to 1,717 in the year to March 2021.
  • Lincoln has a total of 20,345 university students in the city, up 315 from 2020/2021.
  • India currently provides the largest source of international students to the University of Lincoln, with 1,665 students in 2022/23

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Key observations:

  • 81.6% of 16-64 years olds were economically active in 2021/2022.
  • Median annual earnings for full time workers increased by £5,407 to £31,011 in 2022.
  • Median annual earnings for part time workers increased by £951 to £11,768 in 2022.
  • Gross weekly pay for full time workers increased by £58.10 to £618.40 in 2022.
  • Gross weekly pay for part time workers increased by £24.90 to £230.30 in 2022.
  • 95.2% of new businesses survived their first year in 2020 – This is the 4th highest when compared to our Lincolnshire district neighbours.
  • Job density decreased slightly to 0.88 per person in 2021, remaining above England and East Midlands rate.
  • The number of full-time jobs in Lincoln remained the same in 2021 for the 4th consecutive year at 33,000.

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Key observations:

  • Lincoln has seen a reduction in the number of people living in fuel poverty in 2021, decreasing to 15.7% from 16.8% in 2020.
  • The percentage of children living in (relative) low-income families in the city has increased significantly by 11% to 30.5% in 2022 and remains above the rate for England.
  • The number of claimants of Universal Credit (both male and female) in Lincoln, between April 2022 and April 2023, has increased by 125 claimants.
  • The number of council tax support claimants has decreased again in April 2023 to 8,452 claimants and has continued to decrease since April 2021.

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Key observations:

  • The total crime rate in Lincoln between April 2022 and March 2023 was 159.1 per 1,000 people.
  • The highest number of complaints about antisocial behaviour originated in Abbey with a figure of 49 in 2021/2022.
  • Park Ward reported the highest figure for fly tipping complaints in 2021/2022, totalling 194.

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Key observations:

  • Life expectancy in males has decreased to 76.1 years in 2018-20 and remains below the England average. In comparison to our nearest neighbours, Lincoln has the 2nd lowest male life expectancy.
  • Life expectancy in females has increased to 80.9 years in 2018-20, and also remains below the England average. In comparison to our nearest neighbours, Lincoln ranks 4th lowest for female life expectancy.
  • The mortality rate for people with cancer in Lincoln was 153.6 per 100,000 people in 2021 and is the 2nd highest in our nearest neighbour group.
  • Lincoln’s rate of deaths arising from cardiovascular disease is 131.6 per 100,000, significantly higher than the England rate and the highest amongst our nearest neighbours’ group.
  • Lincoln’s intentional self-harm rate is the 3rd lowest amongst its nearest neighbours, at 175.3 per 100,000 people.

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Key observations:

  • The percentage of people in the city with an NVQ Level 1 decreased slightly in 2021, to 85.2%
  • There was a decrease in the percentage of people with an NVQ Level 2, to 68.1%
  • The percentage of people with an NVQ Level 3 deceased in 2021 to 51.0%
  • However, the percentage of people with an NVQ Level 4 or higher qualification increased in 2021, to 35.3%

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Key observations:

  • For the year ending June 2022, the average price paid across all property types in Lincoln decreased by £1,344, to £195,686.
  • Over the same timeframe, the average cost of flat/maisonette saw a sharp decrease of £24,669, reducing to £128,580.
  • As of June 2022, Minster continued to be the most expensive ward to buy a property in the city, with Park ward remaining the least expensive ward.
  • Lincoln’s affordability ratio decreased in 2022 (with a lower ratio meaning more affordable).  This gave Lincoln the 4th lowest house price affordability ratio against its nearest neighbours.
  • Whilst the council processed 68 successful right to buy applications in 2022/2023, it nonetheless retained a similar level of council-owned social housing stock through its newbuild programme.

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Environment and Climate

Key observations:

  • A decrease in the total amount of household waste produced by residents in the city, from 38,539 tonnes in 2020/21 to 36,981 tonnes in 2021/22. This remains significantly below the East Midlands average.
  • A small decrease in the percentage of dry recycling in 2021/22, at 17.70%, compared to 18.29% in 2020/21. This also remains significantly below the East Midlands average of 20.56% and is also the third lowest when compared to our CIPFA nearest neighbours.
  • A continued decrease in CO2 emissions, from 328.6 kilotonnes in 2019 to 287.1 kilotonnes in 2020. Lincoln does, however, have the seventh highest CO2 emissions when compared to our CIPFA nearest neighbours.
  • A small decrease in the number of licensed vehicles registered, decreasing from 47,700 in 2020 to 47,600 in 2021.

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Further Information

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