Borough Profile: Barking and Dagenham


There are 205,773 people living in Barking and Dagenham, that’s 2.4% of the 8.6 million Londoners.

The average age of the population is 32.9 years old, that’s 3 years younger than the London average. There are more children in the borough than pensioners. Children and young people under 16 make up 21% of the population compared to 14% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 50% of the residents. 37% of the people living in Barking and Dagenham were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from Nigeria and makes up 5% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from India. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Romania and Bulgaria.


The median house price in the borough is £215,000.   Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 16% owning their home outright and a further 27% with a mortgage compared to 20% who rent privately and a further 36% living in social housing rented from the council or a housing association.

The council tax on a Band D property (the mid-tier cost in most local authorities) is £1,332.


The crime rate in Barking and Dagenham is 83 crimes per 1,000 residents which is a fraction lower than the London average of 84.

The Area

Barking and Dagenham covers an area of 3,611 hectares compared to the biggest borough, Bromley, which covers more than 15,000. The smallest borough, not counting the City of London, is Kensington and Chelsea, which covers around 1,200 hectares.

Some 34% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.


The employment rate in the Barking and Dagenham is below the national average with 66% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £29,826 and for women it is lower at £25,215.  The median income for a household in the borough is £34,080.

The workforce is among the less qualified in London with 32% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 11% have no qualifications and 6% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).


There are 56,966 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.8 cars per household.  Barking and Dagenham is rated as below average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 6.5% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Barking and Dagenham can expect to live until they are 78, for women life expectancy is 82 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 227.6 per 100,000 people. The national rate for England is 182.

Other health indicators show that 7% of people over 17 suffer from diabetes and 25% of children are classified as obese.

When asked in a Government survey to rate their satisfaction with life the average score of people in the borough was 7.1 out of 10, which is below average for London.

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