Profile of Oldham

Profile of Oldham

Located on Manchester's doorstep - but with nearly a quarter of the borough in the spectacular Peak District National Park - Oldham enjoys the best of both worlds, making it a superb place to live and work.

A proud and thriving borough, it is home to a young, growing population of around 227,000 people. Of these 62.1% are aged between 16 and 64 years of age, and 22.4 per cent under 16.

The borough’s working age population is over 157,000 with 34.2% profiled in the 25-44 year old age group.

Stunning Scenery

Our district of Saddleworth is synonymous with stunning landscapes and steeped in local tradition.

Oldham offers prime walking, cycling and horse riding territory, and is home to attractions like Castleshaw's historic Roman Fort, and unrivalled beauty spots like Dove Stone Reservoir.

Parks and Outdoor Attractions

Elsewhere in the borough, outdoor attractions include four countryside centres, three nature reserves and 28 parks, including the award-winning Alexandra Park.

This beautiful, 78-acre green space boasts Grade II status from English Heritage and, along with Dunwood Park in Shaw, has received a prestigious Green Flag Award for international-standard facilities and excellent conservation and heritage work.

Building Our Olympic Legacy

In 2012, Oldham played host to the Olympic Flame. Since then we have been working to provide an Olympic legacy for our residents by building two new modern leisure facilities, including a spectacular £15 million flagship leisure centre, offering residents state-of-the art amenities and putting Oldham on the national sporting map.

Our Cultural Offer

Oldham's myriad of museums, galleries, music venues, theatres and libraries create a rich cultural scene.

The Coliseum Theatre is renowned for its repertory theatre and Gallery Oldham now has one of the largest exhibition programmes in the North West.

Looking ahead, a new Cultural Quarter is set to attract a wide range of audiences to a new and exciting arts facility which will combine the Coliseum Theatre and Heritage Centre.

Work is also underway on the redevelopment of the Old Town Hall into an Odeon multiplex cinema and restaurant complex - set to open in Spring 2016.

Investing in Education

We are investing £137 million in three new build academies and existing school buildings.

University Campus Oldham, The Regional Science Centre Oldham, the first facility of its type in the country, and the University Technology College are other examples of our thriving education offer.

Homes for All

We're supporting a wide range of housing in the borough through strong partnerships to encourage a choice of homes that meet the needs and aspirations of our existing residents and will help attract new residents into the borough.

Well Connected

Oldham has excellent road and public transport links with direct access to the M60 and M62 motorways.

The recently extended Metrolink service connects the borough with neighbouring parts of Greater Manchester and carries passengers from Oldham town centre to Manchester city centre, and on to the national rail network, in under 30 minutes.

Oldham is a great place to live, work and we're confident our ambitious plans for the future will make Oldham an even better place to visit, live and work. Within a 30-minute drive from the town centre the total population is 2.7 million.

A strong business base

Oldham is a borough with a deep-rooted tradition for enterprise and entrepreneurship – evidenced by a strong business base of more than 6,000 firms spanning key sectors that include: advanced manufacturing, health, construction, digital and creative and financial and professional services.

The borough is home to a number of national and international brands and companies including the Trinity Mirror Group, Diodes Incorporated, Ferranti Technologies, Seton Healthcare Ltd, Park Cake Bakeries, Innovative Technologies, Ambassador Textiles, and Nov Mono Pumps.

A number of local and national public organisations are also based here including Guinness Northern Counties, First Choice Homes Oldham, Voluntary Action Oldham, Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, and Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.

With 101,555 registered businesses within a 30 minute drive, Oldham is well placed in the wider business community.

Your MP's

There are three parliamentary constituencies in Oldham. Each constituency has one MP. The MPs are all available at regular advice surgeries to meet with constituents.

Oldham East and Saddleworth


Oldham West and Royton

District Partnerships

Oldham is made up of six District Partnerships. District Partnerships make decisions about the strategic priorities for each area.


OldhamInfo is a tool for sharing information about local research and reports.

What's on in Oldham

The Visit Oldham website has all the latest events in Oldham

What's on for young people

The Go Oldham website has events and activities for the under 20's

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