Information about New Forest

Avg Annual Income
Full Time Employees
Average Age
New Forest Demographics
(from Census 2021)

The population of New Forest is 175,782 compared to England, which has a population of 59,597,542. While the male population in New Forest is 91,243, and the female population is 84,542. In England, the male population is 28,833,712 and the female population is 27,656,336, according to the 2021 census.

Ethnicity & Religion

According to the latest 2021 census, The main ethnicity of the people in the immediate area is White: English, with a total of 163,847, followed by White: Other White, with a total of 4,843. As compared to the population in England, the main ethnicities were White: English(41,540,791) followed by Asian: Indian(1,843,248) and Asian: Pakistani(1,570,285). In terms of religion, most people mentioned Christian (90,768), followed by No religion (71,539), whereas, in England, the main religion was Christian(26,167,899), Muslim(3,801,186), and Hindu(1,020,533). While 20,715,664 mentioned 'No Religion' and 3,400,548 did not answer


As for deprivation, most of the area is not deprived in any dimension (39,907), followed by at least deprived in one dimension (26,596). While in England, 11,349,743 households are not deprived in any dimension, and 7,842,690 households are deprived in one dimension.

Economic Status

Most people in the New Forest area mentioned they are Retired (49,741), while 43,126 adults mentioned they are Employee: Full-time.


Regarding education, 46,380 adults have Level 3 education, while 22,002 have Level 1 and entry level education. The most common occupations in the New Forest area are

  • Professional occupations (13956)
  • Managers, directors and senior officials (11997), and
  • Skilled trades occupations (9971)


The average age of people living in New Forest is 48 years old. The top three age distributions are: Between 55 to 64 (26817), Between 75 to 100 (25945), and Between 65 to 74 (25696). The median age in England and Wales was 40 years as per the 2021 census.


The NS-SEC defines and measures social class and is considered a reliable indicator of a person's class status. As per the 2021 census, most of the population in New Forest has Lower managerial, administrative and professional occupations (32,790) followed by Higher managerial, administrative and professional occupations (20,891), and Small employers and own account workers (19,411). In England, Most of the population(9,172,372) have Lower managerial, administrative and professional occupations, followed by Higher managerial, administrative and professional occupations(6,092,791)

Map of New Forest

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Population of New Forest over the years

Male Population of New Forest over the years
Female Population of New Forest over the years
Postcodes in New Forest

The postcode district SP, BH, SO are associated with the New Forest, and there are total 11 postcode areas (listed below). The New Forest has a total of 9344 postcodes overall.

ONS Administrative Info of New Forest
AreaNew Forest

Ashurst, Copythorne South and Netley Marsh




Boldre and Sway

Bramshaw, Copythorne North and Minstead

Bransgore and Burley

Brockenhurst and Forest South East


Butts Ash and Dibden Purlieu

Dibden and Hythe East

Downlands and Forest

Fawley, Blackfield and Langley



Forest North West

Furzedown and Hardley

Holbury and North Blackfield


Hythe West and Langdown

Lymington Town






Ringwood East and Sopley

Ringwood North

Ringwood South

Totton Central

Totton East

Totton North

Totton South

Totton West

RegionSouth East