Population and equality

Factsheets about Southwark

The last census was undertaken in 2011 and the next one will not take place until 2021. Where more recent data is available we have tried to identify and flag it up.

Other sources of data

Here are some other sources of population data from government and non-government sources. Most enable you to view Southwark (and often ward-level) data and compare it with that for other areas.

  • The Census 2011 is a major source of demographic data. Beyond the summaries given above, there is detailed data on population, age, gender, marital status, households, ethnic and national identity, passports, country of birth and date/age of arrival in the UK, languages and religion. Data can be compared across different areas and population groups and based on people's answers to other questions. For help on accessing Census data click here.
  • The GLA provides clear London-level summaries, often with borough-level data, of Census statistics including diversity (age, ethnicity, religion, language), migrant population and household/family type.
  • The GLA also provides up to date other data  and datasets on jobs, transport and crime that is not reliant on the 2011 Census.
  • GLA datasets on demographics can be found here (the filters on the left show what geographic areas can be displayed). In the analysis section, you can find different population projections including ethnic group, age, economically active population and households, including at local authority level.
  • The in my area page also highlights key data.
  • London Mapper presents statistics on a range of social issues at London, borough and ward levels. They are presented in map format with areas resized based on the statistics, so may be useful for getting quick impressions about trends. The Population maps give data on different age groups, gender, household size, and couple vs lone parents. The Identity maps give data on ethnicity, religion, new arrivals and level of English.
  • The Mayor’s Annual Equality Report 2015-16 reports on progress towards improving equal opportunities across London.
  • The OECD’s profile of the UK includes data on population and immigration flows, comparing the UK to other member countries.

Information on some specific population groups

  • The Refugee Council provides links to a range of up to date statistics on refugees and asylum.
  • BAAF provide information on adoption and fostering in England.
  • London Mapper's Poverty and Wealth maps show the numbers of looked-after children in different boroughs
  • NCVYS's Youth Report 2014 gives a snapshot of data and statistics about young people and youth services, such as local authority spending, how many young people vote and volunteer. NCVYS closed in 2016 and many of its services were transferred to UK Youth and Ambition.
  • A national survey of carers is undertaken every 2 years. The most recent indings from the Survey of Adult Carers in England, 2016-17 (SACE) can be found here.



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