Key messages 2014

Demographic changes

Wandsworth's predominant demographic is one of a young, professional, transient and growing population with a higher population density than the London average, placing Wandsworth as the tenth most densely populated area in the country (Census 2011).

The unique shape of the population demographic is illustrated in Figure 2. The pattern is of a large number of young adults living in Wandsworth, coupled with increases in the number of children, with a corresponding need for provision of family homes.

  • Population size: The last decade has seen Wandsworth's population increase from 260,382 at the 2001 Census to 307,000 by the 2011 Census - the fourth largest population increase in London over the last decade.
  • Migration: Wandsworth has the highest migration rates of any London borough and fourth of any local authority in England and Wales (ONS, 2012, Migration Indicator Tool).  This represents 30,000 from within the UK, and 7,000 from overseas. This includes approximately 300 asylum seekers who are likely to have specific health and social care needs.
  • Children: An increase in the number of children (0-15) in the Borough of 4,400 (15%) is projected between 2014 and 2019. (GLA population projections 2011).
  • Young Adults: Wandsworth has the highest proportion of 25 to 39 year olds of any local authority nationally- 39%, compared with an average of 28% across London (Census 2011). Anticipated rise of 2,700 (2%) from 2014 to 2019 (GLA).
  • Older people: The Borough has 27,000 people over the age of 65 (8%), compared to an average of 11% across London (Census 2011). By 2019 it is anticipated that there will be an additional 1,500 people over the age of 65, an 8% increase (GLA). By 2020:

>11,000 people (37%) may be living alone, an increase of 12%.

>13,000 people (42%) may be unable to manage a common domestic tasks, e.g. vacuuming, an increase of 14%. 

>10,000 people (34%) may be unable to manage a self-care activity, e.g. dress/undress, or take medicines, an increase of 13%.

  • Black and Minority Ethnic groups: Represented 88,000 people (29%) in 2011, a growth of 30,000 since 2001 (Census). BME groups represented 49% (3,205) of all Job Seekers Allowance Claimants in 2010/11. Tooting has the highest percentage of BME population, with over half of its population (52.7%) coming from a BME group.
  • Deprivation: Between 2007 and 2010, the Index of Multiple Deprivation score across the borough increased from 20.39 to 21.50 reflecting greater deprivation. However, approximately 197,000 people lived in areas where deprivation reduced, while the population from the LSOAs where deprivation has increased was smaller at 86,000.
  • Lone parents: The 2011 Census counted 7,877 lone parent households in Wandsworth, a growth of 790 households since 2001.