Rochdale Overview

The latest Active Lives data shows that there has been a significant decline in activity levels across Rochdale in the last 12 months. 64.3% of adults in Rochdale are now moving (active and fairly active), this equates to 112,100 adults. Since Active Lives launched, November 2015-16, the inactivity rate has increased by 1.2%, meanwhile in Greater Manchester the rate has increased by 2.6%.

When this latest release is combined with activity data on children and young people, 130,800 Rochdale residents are moving.

Find out more about activity levels of children and young people in Rochdale here.

Demographic data

The inactivity gender gap in Rochdale is 5.4%

Since November 15/16 the gender gap has increased by 1.0%. This increase has been driven by a larger increase in inactivity amongst women (+1.2%) than amongst men (+0.2%).

Learn more about activity levels related to gender here

The inactivity socio-economic gap in Rochdale is 18.9%

Since November 15/16 the socio-economic gap has increased by 1.1%. This increase is due to inactivity increasing more amongst lower social groups, NS-SEC 6-8, (+4.0%) than higher social groups, NS-SEC 1-2 (+2.9%).

Learn more about activity levels related to socio-economic status here

The inactivity disability gap in Rochdale is 18.5%

Since November 15/16 the disability gap has decreased by 4.4%. This decrease is due to a decrease in inactivity amongst those with a long term limiting disability (-2.0%) and an increase amongst those without a long term limiting disability (+2.3%).

Learn more about activity levels related to disability and long term health conditions here

The inactivity age gap in Rochdale is 27.5%

Since November 15/16 the age gap has decreased by 3.5%. This decrease has been driven by inactivity falling faster amongst over 75's (-4.8%) at a faster rate than amongst 16-34 year olds (-1.3%).

Learn more about activity levels related to age here


Due to limited sample sizes we have limited ethnicity data across the Greater Manchester boroughs. In Rochdale 30.3% of those from a White British background are inactive whilst the rate amongst South Asians is 59.8%.

Learn more about activity levels related to age here

If you have questions about this data please email: [email protected]

All data is rounded to one decimal point, you can access the raw data here.

Published June 2021