Borough Profile: Bromley 

People

Bromley has a population of 326,560, that’s 3.8% of the 8.6 million people living in London

The average age of the population is 40.1 years old, that’s 4.2 years older than the London average. The under 16s in the borough outnumber the over 65s. Children and young people under 16 make up 16% of the population compared to 12% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 19% of the residents. 17% of the people living in Bromley were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from India and makes up 1% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from Ireland. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Romania and Italy.

Housing

The median house price in the borough is £335,000.   Owner occupiers outnumber those who rent with 38% owning their home outright and a further 35% with a mortgage compared to 14% who rent privately and a further 13% 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 £1,325.

Crime

The crime rate in Bromley is 64 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is lower than the London average of 84.

The Area

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

Some 58% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.

Work

The employment rate in the Bromley is above the national average with 75% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £42,487 and for women it is lower at £32,604.  The median income for a household in the borough is £55,140.

The workforce is among the less qualified in London with 47% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 4% have no qualifications and 4% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).

Transport

There are 153,908 cars in the borough, which equates to 1.2 cars per household.  Bromley is rated as below average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 12.2% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Bromley can expect to live until they are 81, for women life expectancy is 85 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 148.5 per 100,000 people. The national rate for England is 182.

Other health indicators show that 5% of people over 17 suffer from diabetes and 17% 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 7.5 out of 10, which is above average for London.

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