Newham Statistical summaries

  • Ward profiles click here. These are 2011 UK census based profiles available as a one page PDF summary for each Newham ward. They can be found in the document library.
  • View London area profiles produced by The Greater London Authority (GLA), view  the Newham overview here.  You can also switch from borough to ward (further instructions on the London area profiles page).

Links to ward overviews are below:

Newham population size

  • 355,266 2020 mid-year estimate (MYE) click here to view the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 2020 Mid-Year Estimate publication. Newham’s churn rate was 21.5%*
  • 361,700(rounded) – 2021 (mid-year) Sub-National Population Projection (SNPP) 2018 based**. Click here to find out more about the SNPP projection using the Office for National Statistics website.
  • 373,400 (rounded)  – 2021 (mid-year) Greater London Authority (GLA) Housing-led model population projection***. Click here to find out more about this projection variant and other projections produced by the GLA’s demography team.
  • A summary of all available population estimates and projections for Newham has been produced, click here to read.

The 2020 MYE is the latest published, the 2021 MYE is due to be published in June 2022.

This means that it’s estimated that 19% of the population either left or arrived into the borough in 2019. This figure is based on the components of change that accompany the ONS MYE 2020.

**The  figure is from the principal variant. The 2018 based was release on 24th March 2020, a number of variants were produced this time. A bulletin will be produced to accompany this release.

***From the GLA’s 2018-based set of demographic projections; this is the Housing-led variant. Updated 6th February 2020. The projection variant incorporates data from the 2017 Strategic Housing and Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

All figures have been rounded and percentages were rounded to one decimal point.

The London Datastore now has a population explorer tool. The Population Projections Explorer is a web application, developed by the GLA City Intelligence Unit, to help primarily local government professionals across London, but really anyone with an interest, explore, visualise and extract the projections data they need, quickly and easily.

The first link will explain more about the product and the second will take you straight to the explorer.

Newham population characteristics

  • The median age is 32.7 years (mid-2020 ONS MYE)
  • 53% of the population are male and 47% female (mid-2020 ONS MYE)
  • 24.4% (86,514) of the population are under 18 years, 67.8% (240,788) are aged 18 to 64 years and 7.9% (27,964) are aged 65 years and older (mid-2020 ONS MYE).
  • Ethnic or cultural background of residents: White British 13.1%, White Irish 0.8%, Other White 13.8%, Mixed White & Black Caribbean 1.1%, Mixed White & Black African 1.1%, Mixed White & Asian 1.2%, Other Mixed 1.7%. Asian Indian 14.8%, Asian Pakistani 9.7%, Asian Bangladeshi 12.4% Asian Chinese 1.7%, Other Asian 6.6%, Black African 11.1%, Black Caribbean 4.0%, Other Black 2.6%, Arab 1.3%, Other Ethnic Group 2.9% ***
  • 40% of residents are Christian, 32% Muslim, 8.8% Hindu, 2.1% Sikh, 1.2% part of another religious group, 9.5% were not religious and 6.4% did not state their religion (2011).

*** Mid-year 2021 projection based on the GLA’s 2016-based set of demographic projections(GLA): Housing-led ethnic group projections.  For more information please click here.

ONS Population profiles for local authorities in England

    • Comparatively Newham is moving in a positive direction; however Newham remains within the worse 10% in the country, ranking 12th of 317 local authority districts.
    • Newham has 4 LSOAs in the 10% most deprived nationally, compared to 13 in 2015 and 50 in 2010.
    • Whilst Newham has seen improvement in most domains since the 2015 IoD , Newham remains 1st in the Barriers to Housing and Services domain and remains 3rd in Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index (supplementary indices).

Click here to view the Newham Info Indices of Deprivation page

Click here to view the Newham Info 2019 Indices of Deprivation page, click here to view the infographic

To visit the .Gov website and view the official English Indices of Deprivation 2019 publication click here .


        • Life expectancy at birth for men in Newham is 80.2 years and for women 83.3 years (2016-2018 ONS).

For more information about life expectancy please go to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website.

You can also find Health state life expectancies  data on the ONS website.

Click here to view the latest Public England Health Profile for Newham.  You can download other years  here.

Click here to view the latest Child Health Profile for Newham.  You can download other years  here.

Click here to view the Public Health Dashboard this compares Newham to similar local authorities; as defined by The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

To find out more about what the Council is doing to promote and protect residents’ health and wellbeing click here.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

The aim of the JSNA is to find the areas of the borough where we need to improve the health and wellbeing of residents, helping us to plan, prioritise and commission health and social care services.

The document pulls together information about local health and social care needs to help plan future services.

Please visit the Council’s JSNA page to find out more.


  • There were approximately 121,726 dwellings in Newham* (as of the end of October 2020).

The below tenure data was published by The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; figures are provided for 1st April 2019 for more information click here.

  • 116,979 dwellings in Newham**
  • 15,397 owned by local authorities
  • 13,897 owned by Private Registered Providers (housing associations).
  • 293 other public sector
  • 87,392 private sector** (includes owner occupied properties and those rented from a private landlords).

* Dwellings in banding for council tax, this is a snapshot and figures change regularly.

**Figures are estimates and expressed to the nearest 10 dwellings.


2019 results:

Key Stage 2

  • 76% of children in Newham primary schools achieved the expected standard in all of reading, writing and mathematics (same in 2018).

The national result is 65% and Newham continues to perform well above national average. Newham is ranked 5th nationally on this measure (2nd in 2018).

  • Newham’s progress in reading, writing and maths was ranked respectively 5th, 2nd, 2nd in England.  (2nd, 2nd and 1st in 2018).


  • The Attainment 8 measure for GCSE for Newham was 48.8, up slightly from 2018 (48.7 ).

Newham was ahead of the national average of 44.7 for all schools and 46.7 for state-funded schools only. Newham was ranked 38th nationally on this measure, the same as in 2018.

  • The Progress 8 measure for Newham was 0.23 (+0.32 in 2018), meaning that, on average, Newham students achieved just over a fifth of a grade more progress across all their subjects than pupils with similar starting points nationally.

Newham was ranked 23rd nationally, down slightly from 2018 (15th).

The Newham Household Panel Survey (NHPS)

NHPS is a longitudinal panel survey carried out by independent researchers on behalf of the London borough of Newham, aimed at understanding the changes in the resident population and the consequent demands placed on council services. Click here to view the latest document and find out about other research that has been carried out.

Better Environment, Better Health

These documents were produced by the Greater London Authority (GLA)  and are available on the London Datastore. The GLA have produced a bespoke guide for each London borough highlighting how positive changes to the environment help support better health.

The Better Environment, Better Health guide offers tailored information on seven important environmental factors that can impact on residents’ health. These factors are green spaces, active travel and transport, surface water flood risk, air quality, healthy food, fuel poverty and overheating.

These guides are written for borough Health and Wellbeing Boards, Directors of Public Health, elected members, Regeneration and Planning Officers, Environmental Officers, Health Watch and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The guides aim to influence local borough decisions and how budgets are decided and allocated. The hope is to encourage more collaborative work to reinforce London’s resilience to changes in climate and improve Londoners’ health.

This is a direct link to the Newham Guide. Please click here to view the other London boroughs and find out more.