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Community and Living

Key information and intelligence about Southend residents and communities including population estimates and forecasts, census information, and the Index of Multiple Deprivation

  • The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates the total population for Southend on Sea as at mid-2013 is 175,800. Southend's population is projected to grow to 185,000 by 2020. (Source: ONS - 2013 Mid-Year Estimates).
  • The proportion of the population aged 65 and over is 18.7% (32,816). Belfairs ward has the highest proportion of residents aged 65 and over within the borough with 28.6%.
  • This compares to 9.4% for Westborough which has the lowest proportion aged 65 and over in Southend. (Source: ONS - 2013 Mid-Year Estimates).
  • By 2020 the projected proportion of the population aged 65 and over will be 19.7%, this equates to 37,000 people (Source: ONS 2012 - Subnational Population Projections).
  • The number of births in Southend between 2008-12 increased 2.9% on the figures for the period 2006-10. (Source: ONS).
  • 29.9% of Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA) in Southend are classified as falling within the 30% most deprived areas in the country, using ONS population figures this equates to just over 56,000 residents. Southend also has 8.4% of LSOA's (just over 16,200 residents) that fall within the 10% most deprived in the country. (Source: Communities and Local Government - 2010 Indices Multiple Deprivation).
  • Westborough is the most densely populated ward in Southend with an estimated 119 people per hectare. This compares to an estimated 42 people per hectare  for Southend as a whole. (Source: ONS - 2013 Mid-Year Estimates).
  • The top five non-English languages spoken in Southend are: Polish, Chinese, Bengali, Shona and Czech.(Source: ONS 2011 Census).  
  • According to the 2011 Census 87% of residents in Southend classify themselves as white-British. This compares to 79.8% for the whole of England.(Source: ONS - 2011 Census).

Page last updated: 03/11/2014