Islington has a population of 228,397, that’s 2.7% of the 8.6 million people living in London
The average age of the population is 34.7 years old, that’s 1.2 years younger than the London average. There are more children in the borough than pensioners. Children and young people under 16 make up 16% of the population compared to 9% for the over 65s.
People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 32% of the residents. 37% of the people living in Islington were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from Ireland and makes up 3% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from Turkey. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Italy and France.
The median house price in the borough is £530,000. Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 15% owning their home outright and a further 24% with a mortgage compared to 26% who rent privately and a further 35% 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 £1,276.
The crime rate in Islington is 121 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is among the highest in the capital.
Islington covers an area of 1,486 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 12% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.
The employment rate in the Islington is below the national average with 73% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £39,306 and for women it is lower at £31,995. The median income for a household in the borough is £54,950.
The workforce is among the highest qualified in London with 63% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 6% have no qualifications and 5% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).
There are 38,629 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.4 cars per household. Islington is rated as above average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 21.0% of people cycle each month.
Health and Well-being
Men living in Islington can expect to live until they are 79, for women life expectancy is 84 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 202.8 per 100,000 people. The national rate for England is 182.
Other health indicators show that 5% of people over 17 suffer from diabetes and 23% 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.