Borough Profile: Hackney

People

There are 270,912 people living in Hackney, that’s 3.2% 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 20% of the population compared to 7% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 44% of the residents. 39% of the people living in Hackney were born abroad. The largest migrant group according to the last census is from Turkey and makes up 4% of the population. The second largest group, based on the census is from Nigeria. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Italy and Spain.

Housing

The median house price in the borough is £433,000.   Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 11% owning their home outright and a further 20% with a mortgage compared to 23% who rent privately and a further 45% 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 £1,293.

Crime

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

The Area

Hackney covers an area of 1,905 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 23% of the area is classified as green space. The average for London is 38%.

Work

The employment rate in the Hackney is below the national average with 69% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £0 and for women it is lower at £32,164.  The median income for a household in the borough is £42,690.

The workforce is among the highest qualified in London with 49% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 11% 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 41,800 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.4 cars per household.  Hackney is rated as above average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 24.1% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Hackney can expect to live until they are 79, for women life expectancy is 83 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 210.6 per 100,000 people. The national rate for England is 182.

Other health indicators show that 6% of people over 17 suffer from diabetes and 26% 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 7.0 out of 10, which is below average for London.

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Borough Profile: Greenwich

People

There are 275,868 people living in Greenwich, that’s 3.2% of the 8.6 million Londoners.

The average age of the population is 34.9 years old, that’s 1 year younger than the London average. The under 16s in the borough outnumber the over 65s. Children and young people under 16 make up 22% of the population compared to 11% for the over 65s.

People who are black, Asian or of minority ethnic origin, BAME, represent 40% of the residents. 33% of the people living in Greenwich 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 Nepal. More recently the largest number of migrants have come from Romania and Nigeria.

Housing

The median house price in the borough is £317,000.   Those who rent outnumber owner occupiers with 19% owning their home outright and a further 27% with a mortgage compared to 20% who rent privately and a further 34% 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.

Crime

The crime rate in Greenwich is 79 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is lower than the London average of 84.

The Area

Greenwich covers an area of 4,733 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 Greenwich is below the national average with 72% of people in work. The median annual salary for men is £34,642 and for women it is lower at £28,848.  The median income for a household in the borough is £44,370.

The workforce is among the less qualified in London with 42% of workers who are educated to degree level or above. 11% have no qualifications and 5% of young people under 25 are listed as NEETS (that’s not in education, employment or training).

Transport

There are 78,185 cars in the borough, which equates to 0.8 cars per household.  Greenwich is rated as below average for public transport, based on an index compiled by Transport for London. According to Government data on physical activity, 11.6% of people cycle each month.

Health and Well-being

Men living in Greenwich can expect to live until they are 79, for women life expectancy is 83 years. The borough has a death rate from what are considered to be preventable causes of 193.2 per 100,000 people. The national rate for England is 182.

Other health indicators show that 6% 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 7.2 out of 10, which is below average for London.

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Road deaths and serious injuries down but pedestrians remain most at risk

pedestrian childFewer people were killed or seriously injured on the capital’s roads in the past 12 months.

According to data from Transport for London 2,167 people were killed or seriously injured in 2014, a 7% drop on 2013 and the lowest number since the current form of record keeping began in 1986.

Overall casualties figure that include minor injuries were up by 13% year-on-year with 30,785 people hurt in nearly 26,000 accidents. 38% of those injured were travelling in a car.

Pedestrians remain the most at risk of being killed on the road in London. Of the 127 people fatally injured, 64 were on foot and 104 were what TfL refers to as the most vulnerable groups – pedestrians, motor cyclists and cyclists.

Fatalities and Casualties on London’s Roads
Killed Serious Injury
Pedestrian 64 715
Cyclist 13 419
Motorbike/Scooter 27 499
Car 19 297
Van/Lorry 2 19
Taxi/Private Hire 0 13
Bus/Coach 0 71
Other 2 7

TfL’s current target for 2020 is to reduce deaths and serious injury by 50% from the average rate seen between 2005-09. Rates are currently 40% lower, and for children the 50% target has been achieved.

However those under 15 remain the most vulnerable pedestrians. 5,613 people on foot suffered some form of injury in a road accident in 2014. More than 1,000 of them were children.

Injuries to cyclists were up, but so is the popularity of cycling. Deaths and serious injuries rose by 3% on the 2005-09 average and minor injuries were up by 73%. Since 2005 the number of journeys taken by bike has risen by 92%, says TfL.

Men suffered 78% of cycling injuries, but they make three quarters of all cycle journeys, according to TfL. There was an even starker gender imbalance for motorbikes and scooters. Men take 87% of the journeys and suffered 93% of the injuries.

In comparison, injury rates for pedestrians and people in cars were split 54/46 male and female.

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Availability of public transport below average in all outer boroughs