Borough Profile: Wandsworth 

People

Wandsworth has a population of 318,253, that’s 3.7% of the 8.6 million people living in London

The average age of the population is 34.9 years old, that’s 1 year younger than the London average. There are more children in the borough than pensioners. Children and young people under 16 make up 17% of the population compared to 9% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 30% of the residents. 33% of the people living in Wandsworth were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from Poland 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 Italy and Spain.

Housing

The median house price in the borough is £532,500.   Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 18% owning their home outright and a further 31% with a mortgage compared to 31% who rent privately and a further 19% 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 £683.

Crime

The crime rate in Wandsworth is 73 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is lower than the London average of 84 .

The Area

Wandsworth covers an area of 3,426 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 27% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.

Work

The employment rate in the Wandsworth is above the national average with 79% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £42,098 and for women it is lower at £37,146.  The median income for a household in the borough is £66,220.

The workforce is among the highest qualified in London with 66% 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 89,513 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.7 cars per household.  Wandsworth is rated as above average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 18.2% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Wandsworth can expect to live until they are 80, for women life expectancy is 84 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 176.6 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 21% 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 7.4 out of 10, which is above average for London.

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