Employment and business statistics

Borough Statistics - How do we compare?

Resident Population

According to the 2011 UK census 307,000 people were resident in the borough on Census day, living in 130,500 households or in one of the borough's communal establishments.  In contrast, the proportion of those in age groups 8 to 9, 10 to 14, 15, 16 to 17, 18 to 19 and all age groups of 45 or over were amongst the lowest in the country.  Wandsworth's mean age of 34.5 was lower than both London (35.6) and England and Wales (39.4). 

Wandsworth has a young population compared to the rest of the UK.  In 2011, Wandsworth ranked highest nationally in terms of the proportion of the population aged 30 to 44 (30.6%) and 2nd highest nationally in terms of the population aged 25 to 29 (15.4%). 

Between 2001 and 2011, there were significant increases in the population of 0 to 4 year olds (30%) and those aged 30 to 44 (27%) and aged 45 to 59 (32%).  This reflects the sustained high number of births over the last decade and a degree of ageing-on in the young adult population.

Lifestyle and Health

The typical Wandsworth resident is likely to be a well-educated, healthy, 32-year-old professional who gets the tube to work, latest figures from the 2011 census show.

More than half (54 per cent) are single - the ninth highest figure in the country. Fifteen per cent are co-habiting couples - the eighth highest in the country.

Wandsworth also has the tenth highest proportion living in same-sex civil partnerships.

35 per cent travel to work by train or underground, and the borough has the eleventh highest proportion nationally of people who cycle to work

Wandsworth people are amongst the healthiest in the country and they are more likely to be economically active and well-qualified.

Wandsworth ranked second highest nationally after Kensington and Chelsea for the proportion of residents who say their health is very good -  57 per cent compared with 51 per cent in London and 47 per cent in England and Wales.

Between 2001 and 2011 there was a 38 per cent increase in the number of people reporting themselves to be in good health.

Ethnicity and identity

71 per cent of residents are white, compared to 60 per cent in London and 86 per cent nationally.

The number of Asian/Asian British residents (11 per cent) was greater than the national average (8 per cent), but significantly less than the regional average (18 per cent).

The proportion of Black/African/Caribbean/Black British residents (11 per cent) was greater than the national average (3 per cent), but less than the proportion across London (13 per cent).

45 per cent of Wandsworth's residents consider their national identity to be wholly or partly English - slightly over the London average.

34 per cent were born outside the UK and Ireland, compared with 35 per cent in London and 13 per cent nationally.

See www.wandsworth.gov.uk/census for more information.