Borough Profile: Westminster


Westminster has a population of 239,862, that’s 2.8% of the 8.6 million people living in London

The average age of the population is 37.6 years old, that’s 1.7 years older than the London average. There are more children in the borough than pensioners. Children and young people under 16 make up 15% of the population compared to 12% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 39% of the residents. 51% of the people living in Westminster were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from United States and makes up 4% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from France. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Italy and France.


The median house price in the borough is £875,000.   Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 17% owning their home outright and a further 12% with a mortgage compared to 43% who rent privately and a further 28% 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 £674.


The crime rate in Westminster is 212 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is the highest in London by some way.  The London average is 84 per 1,000 residents.  Westminster, which covers the shopping and socialising area of the West End, has large number of visitors.

The Area

Westminster covers an area of 2,149 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 38% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.


The employment rate in the Westminster is below the national average with 66% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £46,820 and for women it is lower at £37,715.  The median income for a household in the borough is £80,760.

The workforce is among the highest qualified in London with 64% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 5% have no qualifications and 2% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).


There are 48,810 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.5 cars per household.  Westminster is rated as above average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 18.4% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Westminster 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 161.5 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 25% 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 below average for London.

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