Borough Profile: Kensington and Chelsea 


There are 158,447 people living in Kensington and Chelsea, that’s 1.8% of the 8.6 million Londoners.

The average age of the population is 39.1 years old, that’s 3.2 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 14% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 30% of the residents. 55% of the people living in Kensington and Chelsea were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from United States and makes up 5% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from France. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Italy and France.


The median house price in the borough is £1,195,000, the highest in London.   Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 23% owning their home outright and a further 15% with a mortgage compared to 33% who rent privately and a further 29% 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 £1,078.


The crime rate in Kensington and Chelsea is 121 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is among the highest in the capital.

The Area

Kensington and Chelsea covers an area of 1,212 and is the smallest borough, not counting the City of London. The largest is Bromley, which is more than 15,000 hectares.

Some 15% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.


The employment rate in the Kensington and Chelsea is below the national average with 68% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £0 and for women it is lower at £0.  The median income for a household in the borough is £116,350.

The workforce is among the highest qualified in London with 65% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 5% have no qualifications and 4% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).


There are 44,536 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.6 cars per household.  Kensington and Chelsea is rated as above average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 16.2% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Kensington and Chelsea can expect to live until they are 83, for women life expectancy is 86 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 136.3 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 22% 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 7.6 out of 10, which is above average for London.

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