Despite being an Everton fan, I didn’t know the answer to the question ‘Is Everton in Liverpool’? Until I was about 11 (I will explain why later).
So in my eyes, that makes it a perfectly valid question to ask!
But the answer deserves an explanation and it is interesting to find out a bit more about the area.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
Is Everton In Liverpool?
Yes, Everton is a district of Liverpool, officially becoming part of the city in 1835. Everton FC has never played in Everton though and has instead played home games either in the Anfield or Walton districts. Its new Bramley Moore-Dock Stadium will be in the Vauxhall area of Liverpool.
My dad’s side of the family was all from Liverpool, West Derby to be exact.
My dad’s two older brothers and his sister were born in Liverpool, but then the family moved down to West Horsham and my dad, the youngest in the family, was born a couple of years later.
However, he was brought up supporting Everton and passed it on to me.
That explains how I came to be an Everton fan despite living down in Kent.
And it also explains my lack of local knowledge of Liverpool as I grew up!
Everton is a district of Liverpool. In terms of its location it is actually pretty close to Anfield, about half a mile or so south, and it spreads west to the centre of Liverpool as show on the map above (click on it for a larger version).
Everton was actually formed in 1878 under the name of St. Domingo F.C. and was named after St. Domingo Methodist Chapel on the corner of Breckfield Road North and St Domingo Vale in Everton.
When they became too big for a church team, the club moved to the neighbouring district of Anfield and in 1879 changed their name to Everton, after the district of Everton.
However Everton FC has never actually played a home game in Everton.
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Initially they played in Anfield on an open field on Priory Road, and then moved to the nearby Stanley Park, before moving to their first proper stadium back on Priory Road in 1882.
In 1884 they were on the move again to Anfield. They played here for eight years and converted the ground from a simple field to an international stadium that could accommodate 20,000 fans.
But the club’s rent was being increased dramatically, rising by close to 200%.
In 1892, and with the club refused a rental lease on Anfield, Everton moved to Goodison Park (in Walton), where they have been ever since. Well at least until the new Bramley Moore Dock stadium opens…
The Changing Face of Everton
Like pretty much anywhere in the UK, Everton has changed dramatically in the past couple of centuries.
It remained a small village until the early 19th century.
By this point, Liverpool’s wealthier merchants began moving out of the city into the quieter suburbs to live.
Everton became part of Liverpool in 1835 and by the 1850s the area was covered with large villas with big gardens owned by wealthy Liverpudlian businessmen.
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From 1850 to 1900 Everton changed dramatically. By the turn of the 20th century, a massive number of terraced houses had been built in the area as people came to Liverpool to look for work.
By the mid-1950s, these cramped Victorian terraces were being demolished and over the next 20 years, Everton changed further.
Fields and trees replaced many of the densely packed streets and the population of the district has dropped by over 100,000 since the 1960s.
Unfortunately today Everton is not the most salubrious of areas.
According to the most recent Indices of Deprivation report produced by the Government in 2019, Everton is ranked 2,711th out of 32,844 neighborhoods in the country in terms of deprivation.
Taking into account that 1 is the most deprived neighbourhood in England that means Everton is in the top 10% of neighbourhoods in the country in terms of deprivation.
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Everton also ranks overall as the most deprived ward in Liverpool.
The report breaks each neighbourhood down into further categories, and this is how Everton fares:
- Income: Most deprived in Liverpool, better than 9% of areas in England.
- Employment: Most deprived in Liverpool, better than 10% of areas in England.
- Education: Most deprived in Liverpool, better than 11% of areas in England.
- Health and Disability: 2nd most deprived in Liverpool, better than 0% of areas in England.
- Crime: 2nd most deprived in Liverpool, better than 10% of areas in England.
- Barriers to Health and Services: 6th most deprived in Liverpool, better than 40% of areas in England.
- Living Environment: 26th (of 30) most deprived in Liverpool, better than 33% of areas in England.
There are plans in place to regenerate the area that began with a new district centre opening in 2017.
Named Project Jennifer, the scheme includes a new market hall and 300 relocated outdoor market stalls, 80,000 square feet of non-food retail stores, a public transport interchange and more.
Yes Everton is part of Liverpool and has been since 1835.
Despite this Everton FC has never actually played in Everton, and instead have played in Anfield and Walton and will move to the Vauxhall area of Liverpool when the club’s new Bramley-Moore Dock stadium opens.
The district of Everton is located just north of Liverpool city centre and stretches across to Anfield. The last census recorded the area as having a population of just under 15,000 residents.
Statistically the area of Everton is one of the most deprived in the country.