Sunderland: Information and statistics
With a population in excess of 277,962 Sunderland is home to over 127,000 households spread across 60 neighbourhoods. Sunderland is the second biggest local authority area in Tyne and Wear covering a total of 137 square kilometres. Sunderland's residents make up 10.57% of the North East's population and 24.75% of the Tyne and Wear population.
Sunderland is known for its industrial heritage of shipbuilding and coalmining. Today it is a manufacturing powerhouse with a global presence. Home to the UK's biggest and most productive car plant, the city is a European centre for electric vehicle research and production, and expertise in advanced manufacturing extends across aerospace and turbo technologies.
In software and data technology Sunderland sustains innovative and ambitious companies, from gaming studios to online retail support.
Financial and customer services is a key sector, with blue-chip brands making repeat investments, benefitting from the city's expert and loyal workforce.
Sunderland attracts business, including more than 80 internationally-owned companies originating in 20 territories and employing more than 26,000 people.
With great road and rail links, an international airport connected by metro to the city centre, and a sea port minutes from open water, Sunderland brings business close to markets worldwide.
Arts and culture continue to play a key role in the city's identity. In recent years Sunderland has attracted attention for its booming independent music scene. Our visual arts, photography and glass have also built a national profile with Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art and The National Glass Centre.
Information and statistical sources
Detailed information and statistics about Sunderland can be found at:
The English indices of deprivation measure relative deprivation in small areas in England. Most of the data used for these statistics is from 2012 to 2013.
Census statistics help paint a picture of the nation and how we live. They provide a detailed snapshot of the population and its characteristics.
The ONS is the UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and its recognised national statistical institute. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. It also conducts the census in England and Wales every 10 years and produces mid-year population estimates.
Nomis is a service provided by the Office for National Statistics to give you free access to the most detailed and up-to-date UK labour market statistics from official sources.
For advice on information and statistics about Sunderland from the above sources please contact the council's Policy, Partnerships and Communications service.