2011 Census

The Census is a count of all people and households and is the most complete source of information about the population available.

The most recent Census took place in March 2011. The Census takes place once every ten years.

The Census shows Barking and Dagenham has experienced significant demographic change between 2001 and 2011, especially in age, ethnicity, religion, tenure and household composition.

This change is part of a trend across East London which has been happening in inner London boroughs for many years.

Census information as well as official mid year population estimates and projections are used to plan council services for the future.

Summary of the 2011 Census results for Barking and Dagenham:

  • The borough’s population has increased by 22,000 since 2001
  • There has been an almost 50% growth in 0 to 4 year olds
  • The White British population has decreased from 80.86% in 2001 to 49.46% in 2011
  • The Black African population has increased from 4.44% in 2001 to 15.43% in 2011
  • The Bangladeshi population has increased from 0.41% in 2001 to 4.14% in 2011
  • All religious groups have increased except for Christian and Jewish religions
  • The proportion of Muslim residents has increased from 4.36% in 2001 to 13.73% in 2011
  • There are fewer people with no qualifications compared to 2001
  • Highest percentage of lone parent households with dependent children in the country
  • Private renting in the borough has increased from 5.19% in 2001 to 16.59% in 2011

A more detailed analysis of Barking and Dagenham 2011 Census information:

Census Ward Profiles

The Barking and Dagenham 2011 Census information is also available on a ward basis:

Office for National Statistics

You can also visit the Office for National Statistics to:

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