Census 2011

2011 Census data has now been published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) following the Census that took place on 27 March 2011.

Data released so far includes:

  • population estimates by single year of age and gender;
  • number of households
  • type of accommodation and tenure of resident’s households;
  • economic activity and the nature of jobs people work in;
  • details of residents' ethnicity and religion.

Key statistics for Lewisham

  • The total population for Lewisham is 275,900, an increase of 27,000 (9.8%) since the 2001 Census. 
  • The 2011 Census estimates indicate there are 116,000 households in Lewisham compared to 107,400 in 2001. 
  • London as a whole grew by 850,000 residents, meaning a total population of  8,174,000.
  • Lewisham has the 12th highest overall population of all London boroughs. 

Further data

  • Among economically active residents part-time working and self-employment have become more common than in 2001.
  • Whilst the most populous ethnic group remains White British, both the actual number and proportion of residents stating this as their ethnicity has decreased since 2001. The next biggest group is now Black African.
  • As seen across Britain the proportion of Lewisham residents stating they do not have a religion has increased to 27.2% of the population.
  • More residents now live in accommodation which is privately rented, 24.3% of households compared to 14.3% in 2001.

What’s next?

Further data will be released by ONS between March 2013 and June 2013. This will give more detailed information about residents' characteristics, for example gender and age by ethnic group. This will allow the council to better understand its service users and the wider community. Data will also be released by smaller geographic areas, allowing us to appreciate differences across the borough.

Further information is available from the ONS website Census Page.


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