Borough Profile: Richmond upon Thames

People

Richmond upon Thames has a population of 196,602, that’s 2.3% of the 8.6 million people living in London

The average age of the population is 38.7 years old, that’s 2.8 years older than the London average. There are more children in the borough than pensioners. Children and young people under 16 make up 21% of the population compared to 15% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 16% of the residents. 24% of the people living in Richmond upon Thames were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from Ireland and makes up 2% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from South Africa. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Poland and Italy.

Housing

The median house price in the borough is £535,000.   Owner occupiers outnumber those who rent with 31% owning their home outright and a further 38% with a mortgage compared to 22% who rent privately and a further 9% 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 £1,582.

Crime

The crime rate in Richmond upon Thames is 56 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is lower than the London average of 84 and is among the lowest in the capital.

The Area

Richmond upon Thames covers an area of 5,741 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 51% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.

Work

The employment rate in the Richmond upon Thames is above the national average with 80% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £42,705 and for women it is lower at £35,018.  The median income for a household in the borough is £76,610.

The workforce is among the highest qualified in London with 70% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 3% have no qualifications and 4% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).

Transport

There are 84,918 cars in the borough, which equates to 1.1 cars per household.  Richmond 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, 31.7% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Richmond upon Thames can expect to live until they are 82, for women life expectancy is 86 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 137.4 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 11% 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 7.5 out of 10, which is above average for London.

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