City and metropolitan borough (pop., 2001: 284,544), northwestern England. First chartered in 1220, the original settlement was built in a gorge where the Rivers Tame and Goyt meet to form the River Mersey; the modern town has spread over higher ground. Cotton spinning was important in the 19th century; in the 20th century diversification brought electronics and heavy engineering industries. Part of the metropolitan area of Greater Manchester, the metropolitan borough includes, in addition to Stockport proper, the urban area of Cheadle, the towns of Bramhall, Romiley, and Marple, and areas of open countryside.
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There were 120 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.8% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 113.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,438, and the median income for a family was $31,563. Males had a median income of $28,375 versus $19,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,389. About 8.3% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 20.6% of those sixty five or over.