People and Equalities

Bexley’s population in 2021

249,531

                                                                                                                                           

Bexley is a growing borough: by 2030 our population will be 264,497 and 296,361 by 2050

  • we are the 10th least populated borough in London and less populated than our neighbouring boroughs
  • we are the 11th lowest borough in London for residents moving in and out of the borough internationally
Bexley population

Age

  • 30% of Bexley residents are young people (under the age of 25) which makes us the 15th youngest borough in London
  • the largest age group in Bexley is 35 to 49-year-olds at 20.7%
  • Bexley has the 4th highest rate of people aged 65 and over in London at 16.5%.  This number will increase to 21.8% in 2050
  • higher populations of older people living alone are found in the south of the borough. However, a quarter of older residents registered on the housing register live in Erith, in the north of the borough
  • 17% of our residents are older people (over the age of 65) which makes us the 4th oldest borough in London
Age group % Percentage
0 to 5 6.4%
 
5 to 15 15.1%
 
16 to 24 9.4%
 
25 to 34 13.8%
 
35 to 49 20.7%
 
50 to 64 19.3%
 
65 to 69 4.2%
 
70 to 74 4.2%
 
75 to 79 3.2%
 
80 to 84 2.4%
 
85 plus 1.3%
 

Race

Bexley population diversity

Bexley is a diverse borough, its ethnic minority population is increasing and will continue to do so – this is in line with our neighbouring boroughs and the rest of London.

24.3% of our residents are Black and Asian Multi-Ethnic in 2021 and this will rise to 30.6% in 2050.

The north of the borough has a larger ethnic minority population - Thamesmead East, Belvedere and Slade Green and North End wards have the highest population of ethnic minority residents. 

86% of residents speak English at home as their first language. This is higher than the London average but has gradually decreased by 7% since 2012. The top 3 non-English languages spoken in Bexley are Punjabi, Polish and Chinese dialects.

Our ethnic group breakdown in 2021 is:

  • White British 69.2%
  • White Irish 1%
  • White Other 5.4%
  • Black African 9.3%
  • Black Caribbean 1.3%
  • Other Black 0.9%
  • White & Black Caribbean 0.9%
  • White & Black African 0.7%
  • White & Asian 0.8%
  • Other Mixed 1%
  • Indian 3.5%
  • Pakistani 0.5%
  • Bangladeshi 0.5%
  • Chinese 1.4%
  • Other Asian 2.8%
  • Arab 0.1%
  • Other Ethnic Group 0.7%
religions

Religion

  • 68% of residents say they are religious
  • the percentage of residents who practice religion is declining. In 2011, 25% of residents said they had no religion. In 2018, this figure rose to 32%
  • the 3 largest religions are Christian with (61%), Muslim with (5%) and Hindu with (2%)
  • the number of Christian residents is decreasing - in 2011 67% of residents identified as Christian, in 2018 it was 60%. Hinduism has stayed steady with 2% in 2011 and 2% in 2018 and Muslim residents have increased from 2% in 2011 to 5% in 2018
  • in 2020, there were 30 faith-based hate crime offences, 2 Anti-Semitic hate crime offences and 12 Islamophobic hate crime offences committed in Bexley

    Gender

Female residents

51.6%

Bexley has more female residents than male - 48.4% of the population is male and 51.6% of the population is female in 2021. It is expected that this will remain the same in 2050

Male employment

79%

The employment rate for men is higher at 79% than women at 78.5%

Pay gap

£123

There is a gender pay gap for Bexley residents, with male full-time workers earning £123 more a week on average than female workers weekly. This gap is also seen at a London and national level

Gender and education

  • girls achieve higher grades at both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 than boys in Bexley. 73.8% of girls achieved the expected level or higher in reading, writing and maths in 2019. This was 8.5% higher than boys
  • at Key Stage 4, girls achieved a 52.5 attainment score in 2019. This was 5.7 higher than boys. Girls achieved a 0.16 Progress 8 score in 2019. This was 0.51 higher than boys

Gender and crime

  • domestic abuse offences have risen from 2019 to 2020 by 6.3%, however, this is less than London which had an average increase of 8.2%
  • MARAC cases (high-risk domestic abuse cases) have increased by 46% between 2019 and 2020; 23% of these cases related to BAME residents)
  • Female Genital Mutilation instances are reported in Bexley, with 15 cases in 2019/20 however we have a lower number of cases compared to our neighbouring boroughs
  • we do not currently have local data on people who are transgender or non-binary, however, there were 5 recorded hate crime offences related to transgender people in Bexley in 2020. It is estimated that 300,000 to 500,000 or 1% of people in the UK have these gender identities. The Census 2021 included a question on gender identity for the first time and we intend to include that data when available
gender
LGBTQ

Sexuality (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning - LGBTQ+)

  • 96.8% of residents identified as heterosexual or straight, 0.8% of residents identify as gay or lesbian and 0.6% of residents identify as bisexual. There are an estimated 2.2% of people who identify as a minority sexual orientation in the UK
  • those identifying as LGBTQ+ are more likely to be younger, and more likely to be men
  • there were 52 recorded hate crime offences related to sexual orientation in 2020 in Bexley 

Births, deaths and marriages

  • the birth rate is slightly declining. 3182 births are projected in 2021 - a birth rate of 12.8 per 1000
  • the average age of people giving birth was 31 years old
  • of people who gave birth in 2020, 62% were from a White ethnic group, 11.9% were Black or Black British, 9.1% were Asian or Asian British, 3.1% were Mixed and 5.5% were from another Ethnic group
  • of people who gave birth in 2020, 20.2% had complex social factors (alcohol or drug misuse, recent migrant or asylum seeker status, difficulty reading or speaking English, aged under 20, domestic abuse)
  • the number of marriages has been steady from 2015 until 2020/21 when they fell significantly due to coronavirus
  • civil partnerships have been increasing in Bexley
  • in 2017, 2.5% of marriages were of same-sex couples
  • the death rate is slightly increasing. 2223 deaths are projected in 2021 - a death rate of 8.9 per 1000
Births, deaths and marriages

Disability

The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone with a physical or mental injury. It must be substantial or long-term (likely to last more than 12 months) and affect their ability to conduct day-to-day activities.

  • in 2018, 18.2% of residents had one or more disability/illness
  • 37.8% of households in Bexley reported that they have at least one person living there with an illness or disability
  • the most frequently mentioned disabilities are ‘Long-standing health conditions’ (7.5%), and ‘Physical mobility/impairment’ (4.9%)
  • 0.4% of residents have a learning disability
  • 3.4% of school-aged pupils in Bexley have a learning disability
  • the rate per 10,000 for children in need due to a child’s disability or illness was 41.2 in 2018
  • employment - 20% of residents (aged 16 to 64) are disabled (core or work-limiting disabled)
  • the employment rate for residents (aged 16 to 64) is 59.7%
  • in 2020/21, 17.2% of 16 to 64 aged residents with learning disabilities were in paid employment
  • 9.6% of adults in contact with secondary mental health services were in paid employment
  • education - in 2020/21, 10% (4,413) of pupils were identified as having SEND Support; a fall from 11.2% in 2018/19 and 10.7% in 2019/20
  • 4% (1,486) of pupils in 2020/21 had an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP). This has increased in recent years from 2.9% in 2018/19 to 3.2% in 2019/20
  • at the end of 2020, there were 95.2% of Year 12 and 13 pupils with an EHC plan who were in learning
  • crime - there had been 21 hate crime offences related to disability by the end of 2020