Borough Profile

About Croydon - Croydon is an outer London borough bordering Surrey to the south and Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark to the north. Croydon is London's southern-most borough and covers an area of 87 square kilometres.  It is one of London's biggest local retail and commercial centres, with good rail, tram and road links, more than 120 parks and open spaces and some of London's most expensive housing.

2011 Census and Population data - The first release of the 2011 Census was published on the 16 July 2011.  This shows that Croydon's population as at March 2011 was 363,400, making us the largest Local Authority in London.  Croydon's population has grown at a faster rate than the rest of England.  Over the last ten years Croydon has seen an increase of 28,300 people since the 2001 census (335,100) which represents a 8.4% increase, 1.3 percent points higher than the national average.  For further analysis and information click on the 2011 census and population link

Deprivation - Croydon is a socio-economically diverse borough. It is ranked 19th out of 32 London boroughs in terms of overall deprivation, it has some wards with low levels of disadvantage and others which are amongst the most deprived in England. 

Economy - The current employment rate in the borough is 70.7% (June 2012) and is once again above the national and regional averages recovering from the lowest it has been for 3 years (Dec 2011- 66.4%). The JSA (Job Seekers Allowance) claimant rate for the working age population in Croydon is 4.1% (Jan 2013) which equates to approximately 9,986 people.   The highest JSA claimant rate is for the 18-24 age group at 9.4% of the total 18-24yr population, which equates to 2,715 residents.  Average weekly earnings in Croydon are 558.50, local levels are below the London average (650.90) and above the UK average (502.60).

Adults skills - Croydon has approximately 90,600 people with level 4+ qualifications (degree and above) which equates to 40.1% of the working age population.  The population in Croydon with NVQ Level 1 or 2 qualifications only has increased by 4.8% between 2007 - 2011.  The percentage of the working age population in Croydon with no qualifications has reduced from 8.9% (2011) to 6% (2012) which is 13,500 residents. 

Children and young people - The school population census (Summer 2012) shows that 49,419 pupils attend state funded schools in Croydon, this includes children and young people who are not resident in the borough but attend school here.
Croydon's GCSE results for pupils achieving 5 or more grades at A* to C have been consistently improving since 2005/06 and are higher than the average for our statistical neighbours and England.

Health & Social Care - Life expectancy in Croydon is 79.6 years for men and 82.6 years for women, compared to national figures where life expectancy is slightly less for men at 78.6 years and equivalent for women also at 82.6years (2008-2010).

Older people aged 65 years and over make up 13.8% of the Croydon population and residents aged 85 years and over make up 1.9%. These proportions are projected to increase to 16.27% and 2.91% respectively by 2030. It is estimated that there are 5,379 adults (aged 18-64yrs) in Croydon have a learning disability and 16,579 adults (aged 18-64yrs) have a physical disability.   During 2010/11 nearly 2,000 residents with either a learning or physical disability received a care package from the council.

Housing - Croydon has approximately 147,000 dwellings of which just over 9% are council housing, 7% registered social housing and 83% private sector housing. In January 2013 the average house price in Croydon was 253,770 which is over 100,000 less than the average for London (371,361 January 2013).

Useful links

The Freedom of Information link takes you to the Croydon Council website where all the requests are logged with responses.  You can also review the Council's performance at replying within 20 days

The 'London Profiler' set up by UCL, gives users a map of London, in which they are able to chose, from a list, the local authorities within London.  There are categories on the right hand side of the map, such as IMD, which users can chose to display data, across London or in specific boroughs.

Follow this link for all election results and data

The full Croydon Borough Profile (2009) can be accessed from the PDF attachement, this will be updated with the 2011 Census data when it becomes available