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Regional Profiles - Social Indicators - London

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Average gross weekly household income by region 2008-09

Average gross weekly household income by region 2008-09
Source: Family Resources Survey - Work and Pensions

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In London, average household incomes are highest but the proportion of children living in workless households is also the highest.

Average gross weekly household income in 2008/09 was the highest in the UK at £882.

Over a fifth of children in London lived in workless households in Q2 2010 (22.4 per cent), the highest proportion in the UK.

London had the highest proportions of households with one person (31), two or more unrelated adults (5.3) and lone parent households with dependent children (10.2 per cent).

London had the second highest proportion of socially rented housing in England. In 2007, 23 per cent of homes were rented from local authorities and social landlords, above the UK average of 18 per cent. Around 20 per cent were privately rented compared with a UK average of 12 per cent.

The median dwelling price in 2009 in London was £250,000, the highest in England. The lowest median price at borough level was in Barking (£160,000).

Life expectancy at birth in London was above the UK average in 2007–2009 at 78.6 years for males and 83.1 for females compared with 77.9 and 82.0 years respectively for the UK. However, the regional average masks considerable sub-regional variation. Life expectancy at birth was highest in Kensington and Chelsea local authority for both males and females (84.4 and 89.0 years respectively). The lowest for males was in Islington (75.4 years) and for females it was in Tower Hamlets (80.9 years).

In Q2 2009, 39 per cent of the working-age population were qualified to level 4 or higher of the National Qualification Framework (NQF). This compares with the average of 30 per cent for the UK as a whole.

Crime rates in London are among the highest in England. Recorded crimes, which include crimes against visitors to London, amounted to 109 incidents per 1,000 population in 2009/10. The average for England was 79 per 1,000 population. Looking at crimes reported to the British Crime Survey by people living in the metropolis, an estimated 1,000 crimes against the person were committed per 10,000 population. This was 20 per cent above the England average (800 incidents).

Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Source:
    Household income data are from the Family Resources Survey, Department for Work and Pensions.
    Workless household data are from Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics.
    Household type data are from the Annual Population Survey, Office for National Statistics.
    Dwelling prices and housing tenure data are from Communities and Local Government
    Life expectancy figures are calculated by the Office for National Statistics.
    Qualification data are derived from the ONS’s Labour Force Survey by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
    British Crime Survey and Recorded Crime are from the Home Office.

  2. Notes:
    Life expectancy figures are calculated as three-year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in the area in calendar years and mid-year population estimates. Rankings are based on unrounded data.
    The median is the middle value, so that half of cases are above and half below that value.
    Working-age population are male residents aged 16 to 64 and female residents ages 16 to 59. Qualifications at level 4 or higher of the National Qualification Framework refers to degree or equivalent.
    The British Crime Survey provides a measure of peoples experience of crime based on responses to a survey of households and does not cover all types of crime, for example fraud or forgery or crimes against commercial property. Recorded crime covers incidents reported to the police so depends on victims going to the police. Population for crime rates covers those aged 16 and over.

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