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Bolton (BL1)

The BL1 postcode area is located in the Bolton postcode town region, within the county of Greater Manchester, and contains a total of 2782 individual postcodes.

There are 17 electoral wards in the BL1 postcode area, including Bolton, Bury which come under the local authority of the Bolton Council.

Combining the whole postcode region, 19% of people in BL1 are classed as having an AB social grade, (i.e. 'white-collar' middle-upper class), compared to 27% across the UK.

This does not mean that the people of BL1 are poorer than other areas, but it may give an indication that there are areas of deprivation.

The BL1 postcode district is based in Bolton, a borough in Greater Manchester, with parts of the postal area stretching into parts of North West England and Merseyside.

The BL1 postcode district covers most of the borough of Bolton, mainly covering the central and southern parts of the borough including Farnworth, Horwich, West Hazlemere and Kearsley. It also includes some of the adjacent urban areas, such as Little Lever, Westhoughton, Blackrod and Heaton.

The area has a population of over 144,000 people, although the exact number is changing and fluctuating, due to migration to and from other areas of the UK. According to the 2001 census, the district had a higher percentage of Asian and multi-ethnic populations, as well as a higher-than-average number of students, than the national average.

The area is known for its diversity in both culture and industry, with local go-to attractions such as the Bolton Market, Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, and Victoria Square Shopping mall. It is also home to two Universities; the University of Bolton, and Wigan and Leigh College.

More recently, the BL1 postcode district has seen some exciting residential and commercial developments, such as the new Middlebrook leisure and retail park, Bolton Wanderers FC's Reebok Stadium, and the refurbishment of two former mills into the 'Church Wharf' residential development.

The district is well-connected, with a comprehensive network of roads including the A666 (the Bolton Bypass) and good links to public transportation. The town is served by a number of railway lines with regular local and intercity services, as well as two Manchester Metrolink tram lines that serve the neighbouring area. The town is also quickly becoming a popular destination for commuters who wish to travel into Manchester city centre.

The BL1 postcode district also contains many desirable places to live, such as the villages of Bradshaw and Turton, and the Woodacre estate, with suburban areas such as Ladybridge, Halliwell, Heaton, and Lostock being popular. With its blend of urban and rural attractions, and its close proximity to Manchester and other North West cities, the BL1 postcode district is an attractive area to live, work, and study.

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  • 83%WORKING

17% of people in BL1 are either unemployed or full time students. The average UK unemployment rate is currently 4%.


  • 19%AB
  • 48%C2/C2
  • 33%DE

According to census records, 19% of people here have a social grade of AB (highest), compared to the national average of 27%.


  • 73%WHITE
  • 27%NON-WHITE

73% of people class themselves as 'white', compared to a national UK average of 81.9%.

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BL1Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester

The county of Greater Manchester

BL1 is located in the county of Greater Manchester, in England.

Greater Manchester has a total population of 2,782,100, making it the 3rd largest county in the UK.

Greater Manchester has a total area of 492 square miles, and a population density of 2180 people per square kilometre. For comparison, Greater London has a density of 5,618 people/km2.

Greater Manchester Postal Town Map
Outward CodeBL1
Postal TownBolton
MSOA NameBolton 016
LSOA NameBolton 016E
CountyGreater Manchester
RegionGreater Manchester
Local AuthorityBolton
Area ClassificationUrban with Major Conurbation

BL1 Electoral Wards

The postal region of BL1, includes the local towns, villages, electoral wards and stations of:

Astley Bridge
Bank Top
Barrow Bridge
Bottom o' th' Moor
Brownlow Fold
Cox Green
Hall i' th' Wood
Horrocks Fold
Johnson Fold
Tonge Moor
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Click on an 'outward' code for more information. For example, the outward postcode page 'EC2M' will give you an alphabetical list covering all postcodes located in the region, from 'EC2M 1BB' through to 'EC2M 7YA'.

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