Census: Rural Staffordshire 'is one of the 'whitest' places in England'
STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands is the third 'whitest' place in England and Wales, according to the 2011 census.
The proportion of people in the Moorlands who described themselves as 'white British' was 97.5 per cent, with all white ethnic groups making up 98.7 per cent of the population.
Only Redcar and Cleveland in the North East, and Allerdale in Cumbria had proportionally more white people.
While the number of foreign-born residents in England and Wales has increased by nearly three million to 7.5 million over the last 10 years, the Staffordshire Moorlands has remained largely homogenous.
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Out of a total population of 97,106, only 1,581 people belong to ethnic minority groups.
District Councillor Mahfooz Ahmad, pictured left, was born in Pakistan but has lived in the Moorlands for 45 years.
Despite being one of the few Asians living in the district, he says he has never been made to feel like an outsider.
Mr Ahmad said: "I first came to live in Werrington in 1967. Back then I knew of only one other Asian man in the area, who worked as a doctor.
"I can't really say why there fewer ethnic minorities in the Moorlands, all I can talk about are my own experiences. And I have always been made to feel welcome in the Moorlands. I have lived here for 45 years, my children went to the local primary school, and I have been a district councillor for 12 years. The fact that I've been elected by the residents shows that I have been welcomed here."
In Stoke-on-Trent, 8.3 per cent of the population is foreign-born, with 5 per cent having arrived in the UK within the last 10 years.
The most common countries of origin for non-British born people in Stoke-on-Trent are Pakistan, Poland and India.