Population data

Information on households, children, young people and older people

Royal Greenwich covers an area of 4,734 hectares and has a population of approximately 254,557. (Source: 2011 Census, Office for National Statistics.)

  • One fifth (21.8 per cent) of Royal Greenwich's population is aged under 15
  • 10.3 per cent is of retirement age (65+)
  • 50.4 per cent of the local population is female

(Source: 2011 Census, Office for National Statistics.)

Over the next ten years approximately 18,000 new homes will be constructed in Royal Greenwich, leading to an increase in population.

The 2012 GLA (Greater London Authority) population projections anticipate the following population growth:

  • Between 2011 and 2021 the population will increase by 62,179 people (24.4 per cent)
  • Between 2011 and 2031 the population is expected to grow by 86,585 people (34 per cent)
  • Between 2011 and 2041 the population will have increased by 98,396 people (38.7 per cent)


  • Over half of all households (54.5 per cent) are family households
  • 32.2 per cent are one-person households
  • 13.5 per cent are classified as 'other' households
  • Pensioner households make up 13.4 per cent of all households
  • 42.7 per cent of households contain children
  • Lone-parent households account for 14.5 per cent of all households

(Source: 2011 Census, Office for National Statistics.)


The Indices of Deprivation (2010) combine a number of indicators, chosen to cover a range of economic, social and housing issues, into a single deprivation score for each small area in England. This allows each area to be ranked relative to one another according to their level of deprivation.

It is important to note that these statistics are a measure of deprivation, not affluence, and to recognise that not every person in a highly deprived area will themselves be deprived. Equally, there will be some deprived people living in the least deprived areas.  Each area is ranked at Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) of which there are 32,482 in total. Each LSOA contains an average of 1,500 people. There are 143 LSOAs in Royal Greenwich.

Royal Greenwich is ranked 28th out of 326 local authorities in England.

(Source: Department for Communities and Local Government Indices of Deprivation 2010.)

Older people

  • The proportion of older people in the borough is decreasing.
  • Residents aged over 65 made up 13 per cent of the total population in 2001, but in 2011 the figure was 10.3 per cent
  • The proportion of very elderly people (85 years of age and over) was 1.7 per cent in 2001, reducing to 1.5 per cent of the population in 2011.

(Sources: 2001 and 2011 Censuses, Office for National Statistics.)

Children and young people

Separate statistics on children and young people - including population, ethnicity, health and education- are available in the profile of children and young people in Royal Greenwich.

The 2014 profile brings together data about the lives of children and young people in the borough. It is structured around the priorities of the Greenwich Children and Young People Plan 2014 to 2017.

The annex includes a range of contextual and performance data for schools, school clusters and children's centres in Royal Greenwich.

Other population statistics

  • 47.7 per cent of Royal Greenwich's population is from black and minority ethic communities
  • 69.9 per cent of Royal Greenwich's population was born in the UK
  • 20.6 per cent of Royal Greenwich's population aged 16 and over do not have any qualifications
  • 59.4 per cent of residents aged 16 to 74 are employed
  • There are over 90 languages spoken in Royal Greenwich 
  • Police data shows that over the past year, the Royal Borough has seen a 7.7 per cent reduction in crime. The crime rate has dropped from 81.6 crimes per 1,000 people in 2012 to 2013 to 75.3 crimes per 1,000 people in 2013 to 2014

(Sources: Office for National Statistics 2011 Census and Metropolitan Police Service ward-level crime data 2012 to 2014.)