Hackney is London's most diverse, dynamic borough. Stretching from The City’s square mile in the south to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the east, this is a region of borough of rapid economic growth and change.
Hackney is London's most diverse, dynamic borough. Stretching from The City’s square mile in the south to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the east, this is a region of borough of rapid economic growth and change. With more green space than any other inner London borough, miles of waterways and first class schools and public services, its no wonder that Hackney has become one of London’s most popular places to live.
Hackney’s population is growing at pace, with around 275,000 people now living in the borough. The population is relatively young with a quarter of its population under 20. The proportion of residents between 20-29 years has grown in the last ten years and now stands at just under 25%. People aged over 55 make up only 15% of the population. Hackney’s population is likely to grow to 310,000 people by 2028 and to 355,000 people by 2050. This population growth brings its own set of opportunities and challenges.
Life expectancy is increasing, and is now 78.8 years for men and 82.9 years for women. But although this improvement is welcomes it remains below the London average, especially for men.
Levels of deprivation in Hackney are changing significantly. The borough was ranked second most deprived local authority overall in England in the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation, but by 2015 this had changed to eleventh position.
Hackney is a place with a hugely diverse population, a true ‘global village’, and a place with a unique sense of identity, community and shared values. Our most recent residents’ survey (Ipsos MORI 2013) shows local people are satisfied with the services provided by the Council and happy to live in a genuinely diverse borough, with 89% of residents happy with area. However, we recognise that there is growing inequality here with the housing market being a key driver for this.
Our Corporate Plan, ‘Hackney: a Place for Everyone’ sets out the big challenge for our place: How we can harness economic growth in a way that benefits all our citizens? We recognise that as a Council we need to face this challenge in partnership with our residents, other sectors and other agencies. And we also need to acknowledge that we face this challenge with significantly reduced resources.