Borough Profile: Newham 


There are 337,378 people living in Newham, that’s 3.9% of the 8.6 million Londoners.

The average age of the population is 31.9 years old, that’s 4years younger than the London average. There are more children in the borough than pensioners. Children and young people under 16 make up 22% of the population compared to 7% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 73% of the residents. 52% of the people living in Newham were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from India and makes up 9% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from Bangladesh. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Romania and Bulgaria.


The median house price in the borough is £250,000.   Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 9% owning their home outright and a further 17% with a mortgage compared to 43% who rent privately and a further 31% 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 £1,241.


The crime rate in Newham is 91 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is higher than the London average of 84 .

The Area

Newham covers an area of 3,620 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 24% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.


The employment rate in the Newham is below the national average with 66% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £28,174 and for women it is lower at £24,669.  The median income for a household in the borough is £34,260.

The workforce is among the less qualified in London with 43% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 11% have no qualifications and 4% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).


There are 61,092 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.6 cars per household.  Newham is rated as above average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 7.1% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Newham 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 193.4 per 100,000 people. The national rate for England is 182.

Other health indicators show that 8% 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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