Population and demographics

Information about the demographics of the borough


The Office for National Statistics has released the first results from the 2021 Census of Population for England and Wales.  These are the most recent population estimates available and reflect 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:

  • 53,700 children aged between 0 and 14, equating to circa 25% of the population;
  • 145,900 people aged between 15 and 64, which is approximately 67% of the population;
  • 19,000 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.

ONS will release more data from Census 2021 between October and the end of 2022.

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:

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.