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Population and demographic data

Key population and demographic facts.


The provisional mid-2020 population estimates reflect the population of the UK as at 30 June 20.

These are the most recent population estimates available from the Office for National Statistics.

Barking and Dagenham is estimated to have a a total population of 214,107, an increase of 1,201 since 30 June 2019:

  • 58,551 children (persons aged between 0 and 15), equating to 27% of the population;
  • 135,749 people of working age (between 16 and 64), which is 63% of the population; and
  • 19,807 people of retirement age (65 and over), reflecting 9% of the population

2011 Census Toggle accordion

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:

2011 Census borough analysis (PDF, 711.59 KB)

Census Ward Profiles

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

Abbey (PDF, 2.15 MB)

Alibon (PDF, 2.15 MB)

Becontree (PDF, 2.11 MB)

Chadwell Heath (PDF, 1.21 MB)

Eastbrook (PDF, 2.12 MB)

Eastbury (PDF, 2.02 MB)

Gascoigne (PDF, 2.14 MB)

Goresbrook (PDF, 2.09 MB)

Heath (PDF, 2.12 MB)

Longbridge (PDF, 2.13 MB)

Mayesbrook (PDF, 2.12 MB)

Parsloes (PDF, 2.08 MB)

River (PDF, 2.10 MB)

Thames (PDF, 2.15 MB)

Valence (PDF, 2.09 MB)

Village (PDF, 2.11 MB)

Whalebone (PDF, 2.09 MB)

Office for National Statistics

You can also visit the Office for National Statistics to:

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Summary of Barking and Dagenham’s 2001 Census information:

  • there were 163,944 residents in the borough in 2001
  • lone parent households with dependent children made up 10.4% of borough’s households
  • 80.9% of the borough’s population was White British
  • at 4.4%, Black African was the largest minority ethnic group in the borough
  • 39.5% of the borough’s population aged 16 to 74 had no qualifications
  • 38% of households did not have access to a car or van
  • 9.2% of the borough’s population aged over 16 was widowed – the highest rate in London

You can also visit the Office for National Statistics to measure population change between 2001 and 2011 using Census data.