Borough Profile: Camden 

 

People

There are 240,595 people living in Camden, that’s 2.8% of the 8.6 million Londoners.

The average age of the population is 36.2 years old, that’s 0.3 years older than the London average. There are more pensioners in the borough than children. Children and young people under 16 make up 9% of the population compared to 17% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 35% of the residents. 42% of the people living in Camden were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from United States and makes up 3% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from Bangladesh. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Italy and France.

Housing

The median house price in the borough is £675,000.   Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 19% owning their home outright and a further 15% with a mortgage compared to 32% who rent privately and a further 34% 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 £1,337.

Crime

The crime rate in Camden is 123 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is higher than the London average of 84 and among the highest in the capital.

The Area

Camden covers an area of 2,179 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 25% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.

Work

The employment rate in the Camden is below the national average with 69% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £43,357 and for women it is lower at £35,922.  The median income for a household in the borough is £67,990.

The workforce is among the highest qualified in London with 61% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 6% 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 46,601 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.5 cars per household.  Camden is rated as above average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 15.1% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Camden can expect to live until they are 82, for women life expectancy is 87 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 163.8 per 100,000 people. The national rate for England is 182.

Other health indicators show that 4% of people over 17 suffer from diabetes and 21% 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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