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Southampton (SO16)

The SO16 postcode area is located in the Southampton postcode town region, within the county of Hampshire, and contains a total of 1846 individual postcodes.

There are 29 electoral wards in the SO16 postcode area, including Alresford, Brockenhurst, Eastleigh, Lymington, Lyndhurst, Romsey, Southampton, Stockbridge, Winchester which come under the local authority of the Test Valley Council.

Combining the whole postcode region, 20% of people in SO16 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 SO16 are poorer than other areas, but it may give an indication that there are areas of deprivation.

The SO16 postcode in the Southampton district is a densely populated suburban area, located to the North West of the city centre. It borders the Sholing area to the east and the Lordswood, Portswood, Highfield and Bassett areas to the west. It features a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial areas.

The SO16 postcode covers the Shirley, Chilworth, Millbrook and Freemantle areas of Southampton. Shirley is a bustling neighbourhood, with local shops, pubs, parks and a wide range of housing from traditional terraced housing, semi-detached houses and modern apartment buildings. Chilworth is also residential-led, but with fewer shops and pub and more recreational and green spaces. It's a pleasant area that includes a world-renowned Technology Park. Millbrook is an industrial and commercial hub of Southampton, featuring docks, warehouses and industrial sites. Freemantle is a less affluent area to the south of Shirley, mainly comprising of council and social housing.

The postcode has excellent transport connections. The M27 and mainline train services run along the northern border of the area, providing quick access to both central Southampton and the many attractions that the City has to offer. Southampton Airport is also a short drive away. There's a good selection of bus routes running in the area, with a range of destinations.

The SO16 postcode has all the amenities one would expect from a densely populated suburb, including a good selection of primary and secondary schools, medical facilities and recreational parks. Southampton University's Highfield campus is located in the postcode, and there's a popular leisure centre, featuring a range of sports halls, fitness suite and squash courts. There's also a thriving shopping centre and indoor market in Shirley, alongside a variety of supermarkets, charity shops and local stores.

TheSO16 postcode offers an eclectic mixture of residential, commercial and industrial spaces, as well as excellent transport links and a wide range of amenities. It's a popular area for both young professionals and families.

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  • 82%WORKING

18% of people in SO16 are either unemployed or full time students. The average UK unemployment rate is currently 4%.


  • 20%AB
  • 51%C2/C2
  • 29%DE

According to census records, 20% of people here have a social grade of AB (highest), compared to the national average of 27%.


  • 80%WHITE
  • 20%NON-WHITE

80% of people class themselves as 'white', compared to a national UK average of 81.9%.

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The county of Hampshire

SO16 is located in the county of Hampshire, in England.

Hampshire has a total population of 1,829,500, making it the 5th largest county in the UK.

Hampshire has a total area of 1455 square miles, and a population density of 485 people per square kilometre. For comparison, Greater London has a density of 5,618 people/km2.

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Outward CodeSO16
Postal TownSouthampton
MSOA NameTest Valley 015
LSOA NameTest Valley 015A
Local AuthorityTest Valley
Area ClassificationUrban with Significant Rural (rural including hub towns 26-49%)

SO16 Electoral Wards

The postal region of SO16, includes the local towns, villages, electoral wards and stations of:

Bassett Green
Chandler's Ford
Chilworth Old Village
Hampton Park
Lord's Hill
North Baddesley
North Stoneham
Old Shirley
Shirley Warren
Upper Shirley
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