22 Fascinating Facts about Woking!

News - 07/10/2015

• Delia Smith – born in Woking in 1941, is a best selling cook

• Matt Willis – One of the founding members of Busted, winner of I’m a Celebrity… in 2006. He lived in Woking and also attended Woking High School.

• The Spice Girls –famous songs include ‘spice up your life’ pop group – they began their career in Knaphill

• Harry Hill – born in Woking in 1964 and is a comedian

• Peter Davison – Attended The Winston Churchill School in Woking. He is an actor known for his role in Doctor Who

• Bruce Foxton – Born there in 1955 bass player with The Jam,

• Liam Payne – One Direction, just bought a house there

• Sean Lock – born in Woking in 1963 and is a comedian

• James Cracknell – Olympic rower, from Pyrford

• Woking has a new housing strategy which is focusing on four housing objectives
• – Proving well designed homes that are affordable and accessible
• – helping people with their housing needs and preventing homelessness
• -helping people to be able to choose and have their independence
• -improving the existing housing standard and quality of management
• Age structure

•19% aged 14 or under

•66% aged between 15 and 64

•15% aged 65 or over

•Major corporates in the area: Maclaren, Petrofac, SAB Miller, Cap Gemini and Mustang Engineering.

• 51% of workers in managerial, professional and technical occupations which is 10% above the average for the UK

• Since 2001, Woking’s population size has increased by 10.4% which is faster than Surrey, South East and England, making it one of the fastest growing boroughs.

• 74.23% of households in Woking have one or two cars

• 80.12% of people living in Woking were born in the UK

• 57.79% of people in Woking travel to work by car with 15.9 by train and 8.9% walk. Woking is greener than Surrey and the South East.

• 75.36% of people in Woking are economically active, making Woking the second highest percentage of economically active people in the country.

• Based on the 2011 Census, Woking’s population has increased by 10.4% since 2001 as there are now 99,198 people living there.

• Enterprise in Woking has been growing. In 2009, it was 4,645 and in 2013 it has increased to 4975 enterprises.

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