Borough Profile: Lambeth 


There are 325,455 people living in Lambeth, that’s 3.8% of the 8.6 million Londoners.

The average age of the population is 34.4 years old, that’s 1.5 years younger than the London average. There are more children in the borough than pensioners. Children and young people under 16 make up 18% of the population compared to 8% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 42% of the residents. 34% of the people living in Lambeth were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from Jamaica and makes up 3% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from Portugal. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Spain and Italy.


The median house price in the borough is £420,000.   Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 11% owning their home outright and a further 25% with a mortgage compared to 34% who rent privately and a further 30% 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 £1,239.


The crime rate in Lambeth is 105 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is higher than the London average of 84 and is among the highest in the capital.

The Area

Lambeth covers an area of 2,681 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 17% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.


The employment rate in the Lambeth is above the national average with 79% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £0 and for women it is lower at £30,729.  The median income for a household in the borough is £48,610.

The workforce is among the highest qualified in London with 65% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 6% have no qualifications and 2% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).


There are 66,791 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.5 cars per household.  Lambeth is rated as above average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 20.2% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Lambeth 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 205.0 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 27% 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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