The new population census figures for the UK have now been released. They show that Merton’s population has increased by almost 20,000 people since 1991 – from 168,484 to 187,908, and the number of households has risen from 69,927 to 78,884, with the average size being 2.37.
· 79% of people living in Merton were born within the UK, the dominant religion being Christianity. The percentage of whites living in the borough has fallen from 83.7% in 1991 to 74.9% in 2001, while the percentage of blacks (Caribbean and Africans) and Asians has grown. The percentage of blacks grew from 5.7% in 1991 to 9.04% in 2001, while Asians grew from 5.7% in 1991 to 12% 2001.
· 68% or 94,943 out of 139,476 people aged 16-74 are employed, compared to 64% in 1991. With the majority of those in employment working full-time, with the remaining 16% working part-time, a shift of 1 per cent in favour of full-time employment since 1991.
· 76% of residents own their own car and almost 33% use the car to get to work while around 38% use public transportation. Close to 7% walk to work.
· Merton has 2005 vacant homes of which 175 are second or holiday homes. 59% of residents live in semi-detached and detached houses. 68% own their own home (mortgage or outright ownership), with 9.16% living in private rented accommodation and 5.07% living in social housing.
· 89% of residents have central heating and have sole use of toilets and baths. Close to 80% of residents live at ground floor level.
· Almost 73% of the population can be described to be in good health where as 13.7% suffer from long term illness. Of these 9.59 % are of working age. Approximately 8% of the population give unpaid care and support to someone with a long-term illness and or disability or person with problems with age.
· 45% of residents have a university degree or higher educational certificate while almost 19% have no qualifications.
Notes to Editors
This is an initial summary analysis of the newly released Key Statistics for Merton. A more detailed comparative analysis of the 1999 and 2001 census will be posted on the Council’s website http://www.Merton.gov.uk. Further information on the recent census can be found on the websites of the Government’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) http://www.statistics.gov.uk and the Greater London Authority http://www.London.gov.uk.