Borough Profile: Hackney


There are 270,912 people living in Hackney, that’s 3.2% 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 20% of the population compared to 7% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 44% of the residents. 39% of the people living in Hackney were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from Turkey and makes up 4% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from Nigeria. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Italy and Spain.


The median house price in the borough is £433,000.   Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 11% owning their home outright and a further 20% with a mortgage compared to 23% who rent privately and a further 45% 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 £1,293.


The crime rate in Hackney is 100 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is higher than the London average of 84 and among the highest in the capital.

The Area

Hackney covers an area of 1,905 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 23% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.


The employment rate in the Hackney is below the national average with 69% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £0 and for women it is lower at £32,164.  The median income for a household in the borough is £42,690.

The workforce is among the highest qualified in London with 49% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 11% have no qualifications and 3% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).


There are 41,800 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.4 cars per household.  Hackney is rated as above average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 24.1% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Hackney can expect to live until they are 79, for women life expectancy is 83 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 210.6 per 100,000 people. The national rate for England is 182.

Other health indicators show that 6% of people over 17 suffer from diabetes and 26% 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 7.0 out of 10, which is below average for London.

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