Borough Profile: Tower Hamlets

 

People

Tower Hamlets has a population of 297,805, that’s 3.5% of the 8.6 million people living in London

The average age of the population is 31.3 years old, that’s 4.6 years younger than the London average. The under 16s in the borough outnumber the over 65s. Children and young people under 16 make up 20% of the population compared to 6% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 54% of the residents. 38% of the people living in Tower Hamlets were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from Bangladesh and makes up 15% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from India. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Italy and Spain.

Housing

The median house price in the borough is £383,000.   Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 7% owning their home outright and a further 20% with a mortgage compared to 32% who rent privately and a further 42% 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 £1,181.

Crime

The crime rate in Tower Hamlets is 100 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is higher than the London average of 84 and is among the highest in the capital.

The Area

Tower Hamlets covers an area of 1,978 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 15% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.

Work

The employment rate in the Tower Hamlets is below the national average with 70% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £36,638 and for women it is lower at £32,423.  The median income for a household in the borough is £45,720.

The workforce is among the less qualified in London with 46% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 10% 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 43,589 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.4 cars per household.  Tower Hamlets is rated as above average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 19.3% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Tower Hamlets can expect to live until they are 78, for women life expectancy is 83 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 238.7 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 27% 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 7.2 out of 10, which is below average for London.

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