Handsworth Wood shown within the West Midlands
|Population||25,719 (2001 Population Census)|
|- Density||37.4 per ha|
|OS grid reference|
|Metropolitan county||West Midlands|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Birmingham Perry Barr|
Handsworth Wood is a rather affluent suburban area in the north west of Birmingham, England. It is also a ward within the formal district of Perry Barr as well as other areas such as Great Barr, Sandwell and Hamstead/Hamstead Village.
Located within the metropolitan county of the West Midlands since April 1, 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, it was previously a part of the county of Staffordshire. Handsworth Wood is regarded by estate agents as "upmarket" in comparison to the neighbouring district of Handsworth.
Places of interest
It is home to Birmingham City University's 'Hamstead campus'.
Handsworth Wood is Home to Bridge Trust Cricket Club on Romilly Avenue.
Handsworth Golf Club is also located here, a widely known Golf Club.
Birmingham historian Dr. Carl Chinn noted that during World War II the boundary between Handsworth and Handsworth Wood marked the line between being safe and unsafe from bombing, with Handsworth Wood being an official evacuation zone due to its very country like, undeveloped landscape. Due to the affluent residents of the area properties are larger than usual sizes meaning Handsworth Wood was ideal for evacuees etc.
Mr Hudson, the singer/songwriter, was born in Handsworth Wood.
James Watt, the engineer/inventor, lived in Handsworth Wood.
Matthew Boulton also worked alongside James Watt, was born and raised in the area.
There is a Birmingham City electoral ward called Handsworth Wood  comprising part of Handsworth and nearly all of Handsworth Wood made up of distinct cultures and built environments - the once salubrious Victorian suburb, now "inner-city" Handsworth, consisting of some of the finest Victorian houses in the city, increasingly being refurbished to complement the £9 million restoration of Handsworth Park, and Handsworth Wood dominated by characteristically suburban pre-war semi-detached and detached properties. The ward was formerly known as Sandwell Ward.
The 2001 Population Census recorded that 25,276 people were living in the ward. It has a high percentage of ethnic minorities in the area with the figure being 67.1% (16,975) of the population being of an ethnic minority (mainly those from [[Indian]] heritage and [[Sikh]] backgrounds), as opposed to 29.6% for Birmingham in general.
- Ethnic Groups
- White British - 7,427
- South Asian - 12,052
- Black British - 4,100
- Mixed Race - 877
A large majority of the Handsworth Wood area consists of ethnic minorities with over 50% of residents coming from South-Asian backgrounds; being the most popular region would be India where a vast majority of the Handsworth Wood Population descending from Indian heritage especially the Punjab region located in Northern India. The area is rather affluent and prosperous therefore properties are quite expensive and are of larger sizes.