Borough Profile: Redbridge

People

Redbridge has a population of 301,022, that’s 3.5% of the 8.6 million people living in London

The average age of the population is 35.7 years old, that’s 0.2 years younger than the London average. The under 16s in the borough outnumber the over 65s. Children and young people under 16 make up 23% of the population compared to 12% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 63% of the residents. 40% of the people living in Redbridge were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from India and makes up 8% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from Pakistan. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Romania and India.

Housing

The median house price in the borough is £301,500.   Owner occupiers outnumber those who rent with 30% owning their home outright and a further 35% with a mortgage compared to 24% 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 £1,391.

Crime

The crime rate in Redbridge is 70 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is lower than the London average of 84 .

The Area

Redbridge covers an area of 5,642 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 41% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.

Work

The employment rate in the Redbridge is below the national average with 68% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £39,275 and for women it is lower at £30,230.  The median income for a household in the borough is £45,380.

The workforce is among the less qualified in London with 45% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 10% have no qualifications and 3% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).

Transport

There are 106,339 cars in the borough, which equates to 1.1 cars per household.  Redbridge is rated as below average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 9.5% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Redbridge can expect to live until they are 81, for women life expectancy is 85 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 141.9 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 23% 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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