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Bolton (BL3)

The BL3 postcode area is located in the Bolton postcode town region, within the county of Greater Manchester, and contains a total of 1786 individual postcodes.

There are 12 electoral wards in the BL3 postcode area, including Bolton, Bury which come under the local authority of the Bolton Council.

Combining the whole postcode region, 14% of people in BL3 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 BL3 are poorer than other areas, but it may give an indication that there are areas of deprivation.

The BL3 postcode is in the Bolton district of Greater Manchester, in the north-west of England. It's made up of four different parts - Heaton, Little Lever, Lostock, and Darcy Lever - and covers an area of around 7 miles north-west of the city of Manchester.

Heaton is the largest area covered by the BL3 postcode and is made up of both residential and industrial properties. Many of the businesses here are small to medium-sized enterprises, such as light engineering, transport, and retail outlets. Much of Heaton is made up of terraced housing, as well as detached properties and blocks of flats. Little Lever is a suburban area made up of mainly residential properties, such as terraces and semi-detached homes. Little Lever has plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafés, and is also home to the Leverhulme Centre for Research into Primary Care.

Lostock is mainly residential with some industrial areas, and comprises mainly terraced housing, as well as some semi-detached houses. Darcy Lever is a fairly small area and is made up of terraced housing. This area has seen a rapid population increase in recent years and is now the most densely populated area in the BL3 postcode.

Nearby attractions in the BL3 area include The Bolton Steam Museum, a museum dedicated to the local industrial heritage; the Smithills Hall, a 700-year-old manor house; and Lever Park, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Buses and trams operate in the area and there is a good choice of schools.

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  • 80%WORKING

20% of people in BL3 are either unemployed or full time students. The average UK unemployment rate is currently 4%.


  • 14%AB
  • 48%C2/C2
  • 38%DE

According to census records, 14% of people here have a social grade of AB (highest), compared to the national average of 27%.


  • 62%WHITE
  • 38%NON-WHITE

62% of people class themselves as 'white', compared to a national UK average of 81.9%.

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BL3Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester

The county of Greater Manchester

BL3 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 CodeBL3
Postal TownBolton
MSOA NameBolton 024
LSOA NameBolton 024A
CountyGreater Manchester
RegionGreater Manchester
Local AuthorityBolton
Area ClassificationUrban with Major Conurbation

BL3 Electoral Wards

The postal region of BL3, includes the local towns, villages, electoral wards and stations of:

Bradley Fold
Darcy Lever
Halfway Houses
Lostock Junction
Markland Hill
Mill Hill
Rose Hill
Tonge Fold
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