Borough Profile: Southwark


Southwark has a population of 310,642, that’s 3.6% of the 8.6 million people living in London

The average age of the population is 34.2 years old, that’s 1.7 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 46% of the residents. 36% of the people living in Southwark were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from Nigeria and makes up 5% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from Jamaica. 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 10% owning their home outright and a further 26% with a mortgage compared to 26% who rent privately and a further 37% 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 £1,207.


The crime rate in Southwark is 101 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is higher than the London average of 84 and is among the highest in the capital.

The Area

Southwark covers an area of 2,886 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 25% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.


The employment rate in the Southwark is above the national average with 74% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £36,004 and for women it is lower at £32,058.  The median income for a household in the borough is £48,000.

The workforce is among the highest qualified in London with 57% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 8% have no qualifications and 2% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).


There are 60,438 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.5 cars per household.  Southwark is rated as above average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 15.6% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Southwark can expect to live until they are 79, for women life expectancy is 84 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 207.5 per 100,000 people. The national rate for England is 182.

Other health indicators show that 6% of people over 17 suffer from diabetes and 28% 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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