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Walsall is a large industrialised market town. Covering 40 square miles, it is located 8 miles north-west of Birmingham, 6 miles east of Wolverhampton and 6 miles south of Cannock.
The population of Walsall stood at 283,400 in mid-2018 and it is expected to increase by 5% to 297,700 over the next 10 years. Growth of the over 65 population is expected to increase by 12.3%. Reception aged children increased by 11.34% between 2012 -2017. 23% of residents are described as belonging to the black, asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME). Unemployment rates were at 3.6% in March 2019.
Walsall has the third lowest crime rate in the West Midlands after Solihull and Dudley. Overall, we have seen a 3.8% increase in total recorded crime rate in comparison to 2017/18 with Walsall having a higher increase in comparison to the rest of the West Midlands. The majority of offences committed in Walsall are shown to be local re-offenders from the most deprived areas within Walsall. Walsall is committed to multi-agency working, and works closely with the thriving voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCS).