Local health

While overall the health of local people is improving, we face a range of challenges. We have a growing elderly population, many of whom are heavily reliant on NHS services.

The number of people in Greater Huddersfield continues to increase, average life expectancy is below the national average and within our communities people experience a wide range of long-term health conditions.

Estimates suggest that by 2030 the population of Greater Huddersfield will increase by more than 15%.   By the same date, those over the age of 65 years will make up a quarter of our population.

You can find out more about local health by looking at the information on health conditions below. Even more information on local health can be found in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment¬†on Kirklees Council’s website here.



Dementia is a worsening problem. The highest rate of dementia in those aged over 65 years is in north Huddersfield.



Asthma rates among adults are highest in south Huddersfield (12.6%), followed by the Colne Valley (11.8%). The rates for respiratory conditions across Greater Huddersfield are higher than the Kirklees average.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) rates in south Huddersfield are twice as high as in the Holme Valley. The rates for cardiovascular disease across the area are higher than the Kirklees average.


Coronary heart disease

Coronary heart disease death rates for under 75s vary across the CCG area. South Huddersfield has our highest rate. Self-reported emergency admissions to hospital for a heart attack in over 65s are almost twice as high in north Huddersfield as in the Holme Valley. Most of these deaths are premature and could be prevented by not smoking, a healthy diet, being active and moderate alcohol consumption.



Cancer remains the most common cause of death in under 75s and more people died from lung cancer than from any other type of cancer. Rates of new breast, prostate and bowel cancer diagnoses are higher in our area than in the Kirklees average.


Unhealthy lifestyle

Unhealthy lifestyle behaviours contribute to poor health and to health inequalities. Smoking rates continue to decline but are still high in certain populations. 40% of 14-year-olds live with an adult who smokes.

Around 52% of adults in the area are either overweight or obese.

In our area 4.5% of adult males and 3.1% of adult females report binge drinking at least 2-4 times per month.