Borough Profile: Sutton 

People

There are 201,751 people living in Sutton, that’s 2.3% of the 8.6 million Londoners.

The average age of the population is 38.7 years old, that’s 2.8 years older than the London average. The under 16s in the borough outnumber the over 65s. 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 25% of the residents. 26% of the people living in Sutton were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from Sri Lanka and makes up 2% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from India. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Romania and Bulgaria.

Housing

The median house price in the borough is £285,000.   Owner occupiers outnumber those who rent with 26% owning their home outright and a further 42% with a mortgage compared to 21% who rent privately and a further 12% 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 £1,459.

Crime

The crime rate in Sutton 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

Sutton covers an area of 4,385 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 32% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.

Work

The employment rate in the Sutton is above the national average with 78% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £36,251 and for women it is lower at £26,372.  The median income for a household in the borough is £49,170.

The workforce is among the less qualified in London with 43% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 4% 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 91,266 cars in the borough, which equates to 1.2 cars per household.  Sutton is rated as below average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 12.5% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Sutton can expect to live until they are 81, for women life expectancy is 83 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 163.2 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 17% 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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