Population and demographics

Information about the population and demographics of the borough

The 2021 Census of Population for England and Wales reflects the population of England and Wales as at 21st March 2021 (Census Day).

Barking and Dagenham is estimated to have a total population of 218,900 – an increase of 17.7% since the previous census in 2011:

  • 57,150 children aged between 0 and 15, equating to circa 26% of the population (highest proportion of all local authorities in England and Wales)
  • 142,700 people aged between 16 and 64, equating to circa 65% of the population
  • 19,050 people aged 65 and over, reflecting around 9% of the population

This interactive article has more information on how the population of Barking and Dagenham has changed in the 10 years leading up to Census 2021.

Find out how life changed for people living in Barking and Dagenham, read more about changes in median age, working hours, ethnic group, religion, housing, unpaid care and more.

You can use Census maps to explore Census 2021 data down to a local authority and neighbourhood level for topics including age, country of birth, disability, ethnicity, health, gender identity, household size, languages spoken, migration, national identity, occupation, qualifications, religion, tenure, unpaid care and working hours.

Create your own profile using Census 2021 data for local areas such as a neighbourhood, ward, local authority, parliamentary constituency, or an area of interest (you can draw your own area on a map).