The latest population estimate for Sandwell is 327,378 people living in the borough with a projected increase of 30,300 people between 2016 and 2030 (ONS, 2018)

Sandwell is an ethnically diverse borough with 34% of residents from Black and Minority Ethnic communities compared with 20% in England and Wales (2011 Census)

The Six Towns - Sandwell comprises of six main towns; West Bromwich, Wednesbury, Tipton, Smethwick, Oldbury and Rowley Regis. These six towns each has a strong individual identity and different character which can make collaboration challenging between areas. The information from Sandwell Trends website provides an overview of each of the towns.

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Smethwick is an industrial town in Sandwell, West Midlands, England, historically in Staffordshire. It lies four miles west of Birmingham city centre, and borders West Bromwich and Oldbury to the north and west. Formerly a Staffordshire county borough, Smethwick is situated near the edge of Sandwell metropolitan borough and borders the Birmingham districts of Handsworth, Winson Green, Harborne, Edgbaston and Quinton to the south and east, as well as the Black Country towns of West Bromwich and Oldbury in the north and west.

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Oldbury is a market town and administrative centre in Sandwell, West Midlands, England; being located one mile south-west of the major town of West Bromwich. Oldbury lies four miles north of the Worcestershire border, and was historically in the county of Worcestershire. Oldbury falls within the metropolitan district council of Sandwell. It is in the B69 postcode district. At the 2011 census, the ward of Oldbury had a population of 13,606, while the wider built-up area subdivision has a population of 25,488 according to a 2017 census. However, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council give the population figure of Oldbury as 50,641. (figures courtesy of wikipedia.org) It is also the area where SCL are currenlty based; above The Brandhall Community HUB.


Tipton is an industrial town in the West Midlands with a population of around 38,777 at the 2011 UK Census. It is located 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) northwest of Birmingham and adjacent to the towns of Dudley, Wednesbury, Moxley, Darlaston and Bilston. It is also located between Wolverhampton and Birmingham. It also incorporates the areas of Tipton Green, Ocker Hill, Dudley Port, Horseley Heath and Great Bridge. Tipton was once one of the most heavily industrialised towns in the Black Country, with thousands of people employed in the town's industries. Historically within Staffordshire, the town is now in the borough of Sandwell.

West Brom for Website

West Bromwich is a market town in the borough of Sandwell, West Midlands, England. Historically part of Staffordshire, it is 7 miles (11 kilometres) northwest of Birmingham. West Bromwich is part of the area known as the Black Country, in terms of geography, culture and dialect. West Bromwich had a population of 103,112 in the 2021 Census. Initially a rural village, West Bromwich's growth corresponded with that of the Industrial Revolution, owing to the area's natural richness in ironstone and coal, as well as its proximity to canals and railway branches. It led to the town becoming a centre for coal mining, brick making, the iron industry and metal trades such as nails, springs and guns. The town's primary economy developed into engineering, manufacturing and the automotive industry through the early 20th century. It also suffered heavily during recessions in the mid 1970s, early 1980s and late 2000s.

Wednesbury for Website

Wednesbury is a market town in Sandwell in the West Midlands County, England. It is located near the source of the River Tame. At the 2011 Census the town had a population of 37,817. In 1086, the Domesday Book describes Wednesbury as being a thriving rural community and during the Middle Ages, the town was a rural village, with each family farming a strip of land with nearby heath being used for grazing. Medieval Wednesbury was very small, and its inhabitants were farmers and farm workers. In 1315, coal pits were first recorded, which led to an increase in the number of jobs within the traditional industries of The Black Country.During the 1970s and 1980s, these industries declined, and unemployment rose. Since 1990 new developments have given a new look to the town. The traditional market is still a feature of the bustling centre, and the streets around Market Place are now a protected conservation area.

Rowley Regis for Website

Rowley Regis is a town and former municipal borough in Sandwell in the county of the West Midlands, England. It forms part of the area immediately west of Birmingham known as the Black Country and encompasses the three Sandwell council wards of Blackheath, Cradley Heath and Old Hill, and Rowley. At the 2011 census, the combined population of these wards was 50,257. The history of Rowley Regis can be traced back to the 12th century, when a small village grew around the parish church of St. Giles, 2 miles (3 kilometres) southeast of Dudley. Rowley was part of the Royal hunting grounds - Regis was added to the name of Rowley in around 1140 to signify it was that part of Rowley belonging to the King.