Merton Census results are here

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 Further information on the recent census can be found on the websites of the Government’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Greater London Authority