Borough Profile: Kingston upon Thames


Kingston upon Thames has a population of 173,853, that’s 2.0% of the 8.6 million people living in London

The average age of the population is 37.0 years old, that’s 1.1 years older than the London average. The under 16s in the borough outnumber the over 65s. Children and young people under 16 make up 19% of the population compared to 13% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 30% of the residents. 29% of the people living in Kingston upon Thames were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from Sri Lanka and makes up 2% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from India. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Bulgaria and Poland.


The median house price in the borough is £385,000.   Owner occupiers outnumber those who rent with 28% owning their home outright and a further 39% with a mortgage compared to 22% who rent privately and a further 11% 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 £1,675.


The crime rate in Kingston upon Thames is 59 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is lower than the London average of 84 and is among the lowest in the capital.

The Area

Kingston upon Thames covers an area of 3,726 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 36% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.


The employment rate in the Kingston upon Thames is above the national average with 74% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £40,000 and for women it is lower at £31,387.  The median income for a household in the borough is £56,920.

The workforce is among the highest qualified in London with 54% 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).


There are 70,421 cars in the borough, which equates to 1.1 cars per household.  Kingston upon Thames is rated as below average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 21.1% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Kingston upon Thames can expect to live until they are 82, for women life expectancy is 85 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 140.6 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 16% 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 7.3 out of 10, which is above average for London.

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