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2011 Census

Key findings of the 2011 Census

Data from the 2011 Census, which was taken on 27th March 2011, is now being released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

First Release

On 16th July and 24th September 2012 the ONS published the following information at local authority level:

  • Usually resident population estimates by five year age bands and gender
  • Household estimates (households with at least one usual resident)
  • Estimates of short-term migrants
  • Residents living in communal establishments 

Information on people with second addresses was published at a local authority level on 22nd October 2012.

The first 2011 Census results at sub-borough level (wards, middle and lower layer super output areas and output areas) were released on 23rd November. This release included population and household estimates, population density, age structure and residents in communal establishments.

Second Release

11th December saw the first data to be released in this second phase of Census outputs, with a further release on 30th January 2013.

Data released, at borough and sub-borough level, includes Key Statistics Quick Statistics. Information is now available for a whole range of topics including: age structure; marital and civil partnership status; living arrangements; household composition; ethnic group; national identity; country of birth; passports held; household language; religion; health and provision of unpaid care; dwellings; tenure; qualifications and students; economic activity; occupation; hours worked; and car availability. 

Key Findings for Harrow

  • The total usual resident population in Harrow on Census Day (27 March 2011) was 239,100 people
  • The 2001 Census for Harrow recorded 206,800 people, so Harrow 's population is estimated to have increased by 32,300 (15.6%) since 2001
  • Harrow 's population is now the highest recorded level, based on records going back to 1901
  • The total number of households (with at least one person) increased to 84,300 - up by 6.6% between 2001 and 2011
  • The average household size in Harrow is now estimated to be 2.8 persons
  • 54% of Harrow's residents are married, which is the highest level in London
  • 21% of households are married, or same-sex civil partnerships, with dependent children, the highest level in London
  • 20.1% of residents are children (aged 0-15), 65.8% are of working age (16-64) and 14.1% are aged 65 and above
  • The average (median) age in Harrow is 36 years
  • There are 86,525 dwellings in Harrow and 69.3% of these are houses
  • Two-thirds of Harrow 's residents either own or are buying their own home
  • 98% of households have central heating in their homes - the highest level in London
  • Harrow 's population is one of the most diverse nationally. 31.9% of residents stated that they were White-British, with 69.1% of residents coming from minority ethnic groups.
  • 26.4% of Harrow 's residents are of Indian origin, the largest minority ethnic group. Harrow is also home to the country's largest Sri Lankan born community.
  • Religious diversity is strong in Harrow with the highest number (and proportion) of Hindu followers in the country (25.3%) and the highest number of Jains (2.2%). Harrow 's Jewish community is the sixth largest nationally. 37.3% of residents are Christians and 12.5% are Muslims.

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