Cheshire East

Cheshire East has a population of 380,790 and an area of 116,638 hectares, making it the third largest unitary council in the North West. Approximately 40% of the population live in rural areas and the remainder in the two major towns of Crewe and Macclesfield and smaller towns of Wilmslow, Congleton, Sandbach, Poynton, Nantwich, Middlewich, Knutsford and Alsager.

The area has excellent national and international communications by rail from Crewe Junction on the renewed West Coast line, by road on the M6 and M56 and by air from Manchester Airport on its northern edge. In Cheshire East, there are 47 grade I listed and 179 grade II* listed buildings, giving it a rich and valuable historic heritage.

While the north area of Cheshire East is one of the most prosperous parts of the country with low unemployment, a thriving economy and well-educated workforce, it does have small pockets of deprivation. In the south of the unitary area, 10 of the most deprived areas are within Crewe.

Cheshire East has a higher than average older population, with 19% of residents aged over 65 compared with 16.4% nationally. The issue is most significant in Nantwich and Knutsford, while Crewe and Middlewich have a higher than average.

Key Statistics from the Cheshire East Area for 2019/20

  • Primary Fires per 100,000 pop - 79.92

  • Deliberate Primary Fires per 10,000 pop - 1.59

  • Deliberate Secondary Fires per 10,000 pop - 2.68

  • Accidental Dwelling fires per 10,000 dwellings - 6.30

  • Fires in Non Domestic Properties per 1,000 non domestic properties - 4.12

  • All Home Safety Assessments Completed - 8,824

Unitary Performance Area Plan

Cheshire East Unitary Performance Area Plan 2019-20 (new window, PDF 2325KB)

Stations in Cheshire East





Holmes Chapel









Last updated: Monday 01 March 2021

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