Borough Profile: Barking and Dagenham

People

There are 205,773 people living in Barking and Dagenham, that’s 2.4% of the 8.6 million Londoners.

The average age of the population is 32.9 years old, that’s 3 years younger 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 14% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 50% of the residents. 37% of the people living in Barking and Dagenham 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 India. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Romania and Bulgaria.

Housing

The median house price in the borough is £215,000.   Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 16% owning their home outright and a further 27% with a mortgage compared to 20% who rent privately and a further 36% 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 £1,332.

Crime

The crime rate in Barking and Dagenham is 83 crimes per 1,000 residents which is a fraction lower than the London average of 84.

The Area

Barking and Dagenham covers an area of 3,611 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 34% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.

Work

The employment rate in the Barking and Dagenham is below the national average with 66% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £29,826 and for women it is lower at £25,215.  The median income for a household in the borough is £34,080.

The workforce is among the less qualified in London with 32% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 11% have no qualifications and 6% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).

Transport

There are 56,966 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.8 cars per household.  Barking and Dagenham is rated as below average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 6.5% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Barking and Dagenham can expect to live until they are 78, for women life expectancy is 82 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 227.6 per 100,000 people. The national rate for England is 182.

Other health indicators show that 7% 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 7.1 out of 10, which is below average for London.

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Source Data

 

Anxious, unhappy, dissatisfied with life? Perhaps you live in Hackney or Barking?

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How happy are you? Did you feel anxious yesterday? Are you satisfied with life, and does your life feel worthwhile? These are the questions the Office for National Statistics has been asking since 2010 to try to understand the nation’s well-being.

The most recent rankings show that people in Richmond and Kensington and Chelsea are most pleased with their lot in life while those in Barking and Dagenham, Hackney and Lambeth seem to have little to smile about.

The results are based upon a national survey carried out by the ONS that questions around 120,000 people nationally and over 13,000 in London. The responses indicate a greater sense of well-being in south and west London, in line with the GLA’s own well-being index, previously reported by Urbs.

When it comes to satisfaction with life the small resident population of the City of London came out top, closely followed by Kensington. At the other end of the scale the survey respondents in Barking and Dagenham and Lambeth were least satisfied.

ONS Well-being Survey
How satisfied are you with your life?
Most Satisfied Least satisfied
City of London Barking and Dagenham
Kensington and Chelsea Lambeth
Richmond Camden
Southwark Hackney
Merton Greenwich

There was a similar result at the top and bottom of the rankings when it came to whether life felt worthwhile.

ONS Well-being Survey
To what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
Worthwhile Not worthwhile
Kensington and Chelsea Lambeth
City of London Barking and Dagenham
Hillingdon Hackney
Bexley Camden
Richmond Brent

In terms of happiness the affluent areas of Richmond and Kensington and Chelsea score well once more, and Bromley on the southern outer edge of the capital also has happy residents. Hackney and Barking and Dagenham feature again but at the wrong end of the rankings.

ONS Well-being Survey
How happy did you feel yesterday?
Most happy Least happy
Kensington and Chelsea Hackney
Bromley Barking and Dagenham
Richmond Hammersmith and Fulham
Barnet Waltham Forest
Hounslow Westminster

As well as being unhappy the survey respondents in Hackney and Barking and Dagenham were also the most anxious people in the capital. As their boroughs feature in the bottom 5 in all 4 categories perhaps that’s not surprising.

ONS Well-being Survey
How anxious did you feel yesterday?
Least anxious Most anxious
Enfield Hackney
Barnet Barking and Dagenham
Harrow Lambeth
Newham Southwark
Hillingdon Islington

The least anxious were not in the affluent areas that scored well in other categories but in the North London boroughs of Enfield, Barnet and Harrow.

Source data

See also

Well-being and wealth – how South West London soars ahead of the rest

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