Lewisham facts and figures
Lewisham is the 13th largest borough in London, by population and the fifth largest in inner London, with a population of around 292,000 (Mid-year estimate, ONS, 2014). This is estimated to rise to over 318,000 by 2021.
The borough is 13.4 square miles and is one of the greenest parts of south east London. Over a fifth of the borough is parkland or open space.
The motto of the borough is 'Salus Populi Suprema Lex', which means (roughly translated) 'The welfare of the people is the first great law'.
A quarter of this population is under the age of 19. Between 2004 and 2014 the number of children aged 0 - 4 increased by about 27%. Over the next 20 years the borough is expected to see the second fastest rate of growth in inner London.
Forty-six per cent of Lewisham residents are of black and minority ethnic heritage, but this rises to just over 76% among school children.
In the Index of Multiple Deprivation, Lewisham ranks as the 48th most deprived of all 326 local authorities, placing it in the 20% most deprived areas in England. Deprivation is concentrated in New Cross and Downham, where in both wards nine out of the ten Lower Super Output Areas are in the 20% most deprived in England. Pockets of deprivation are spread throughout the borough, but the areas of the highest deprivation are found in Evelyn, Lewisham Central, Rushey Green, Whitefoot, and Bellingham wards.
Lewisham has the highest proportion of children and young people (29.6%) and older people (25.7%) in economic deprivation in England (Indicies of Multiple Deprivation 2015).
See how Lewisham fares in comparison with the other London boroughs in terms of:
- benefits and welfare reform
- education and
Local Authority Wards in Lewisham
Lewisham is split into 18 Local Authority Wards, as shown below
Wards in Lewisham
Details of many of these wards can be found on the Council's Neighbourhoods pages
Local strategic bodies and partnerships
Many of the local strategic bodies and partnerships are undergoing change. Some of the most influential decision-making bodies include:
- Health and Wellbeing Board
- Children & Young People's Strategic Partnership
Sources of data
Further information on Lewisham and London boroughs data profiles on housing, employment, environment etc are available from London datastore
Updated Key messages from Lewisham Council's JSNA (July 2016) is available in a document to the Health and Wellbeing Board here
Children and young people in Lewisham
A New Direction has put together useful data on London borough profiles, including number of young people, growth, poverty, demographics and school attainments etc
Lewisham's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment pages on Children and young people provides a range of data - from childhood obesity to therapy services for young people.
- Public Health England has published the 2017 Child health profiles, which draw together information to present a picture of child health and wellbeing in each local area in a user-friendly format. Have a look at the Lewisham profiles. You can also drill down to specific areas and postcodes
Adults in Lewisham