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About the Royal Borough of Greenwich

Background Information

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is a London borough in south-east London, England. The London Borough of Greenwich was formed in 1965 by the amalgamation of the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich with part of the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich to the east. To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, Greenwich became a Royal Borough on 3 February 2012 due to its historic links with the Royal Family and to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status as home of the Prime Meridian. The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s main office is The Woolwich Centre on Wellington Street. The building faces the Town Hall (opened in 1906) in which the Council Chamber is based.

The results of the last Census show that the Royal Borough of Greenwich has the following socio-demographic characteristics:

  • A total of 254,557 residents living in 101,045 households. This gives an average household size of 2.52
  • Almost one-quarter (24.1%) of the population are aged 0-17 (61,372 people) and 68% (173,047 people) are working-age (ages 16 to 64)
  • The Royal Borough has a population density of 53.8 persons per hectare2, ranking as the 17th most densely populated London borough. Contextually, Islington is ranked the most densely populated with 138.7 persons per hectare, whilst Bromley is the least densely populated with 20.6 persons per hectare
  • It has the 3rd largest number of cohabiting couple households with two or more dependent children across London (2,204 households)
  • One-fifth of the Royal Borough population aged 16+ (20.6%) have no qualifications – accounting for 41,082 people; the 6th highest across London
  • It has the largest number of Nepalese speakers across London with 5,058 people (2.1% of Royal Borough Population aged 3+). This accounts for 26.1% of London’s total Nepalese speakers
  • It has 11.3% of London’s Vietnamese speaking population with 917 people – the 4th highest across London
  • The 4th largest Black African population in London with 35,164 people – accounting for 13.8% of the total Royal Borough population
  • The 5th highest number of both Lithuania-born (1,979 people) and Zimbabwe-born populations (962 people) across London
  • The 4th largest Buddhist population across London with 4,223 people – accounting for 5.1% of the London total. Proportionately, Royal Greenwich has the highest rate (1.7%) of Buddhists across all London Boroughs;
  • The 6th highest rate of social rented households (34.3%) across London, as a proportion of the Royal Borough’s total occupied household spaces
  • Approximately one-fifth (19.8%) of the Royal Borough’s households are private rented, while 43.3% homes are owner occupied
  • 91.4% (232,543) of the Royal Borough’s residents do not provide unpaid care, whilst 5,410 people (2.1%) provide 50 or more hours of unpaid care per week
  • 83.1% (211,516 people) of the Royal Borough’s residents recorded either good or very good health at the time of the 2011 Census. However, 7.5% (19,017 people) stated that their day to day activities were limited a lot – representing the 4th highest rate across the London boroughs

When exercising our duties and responsibilities, the Royal Borough of Greenwich always aims to:

  • Ensure delivery of high quality, value for money services
  • Protect the vulnerable and promote independence
  • Promote equality in all sections of the community and celebrate diversity
  • Challenge discrimination in our own operations
  • Listen to our communities, especially the voices of young people
  • Provide a model of open, democratic local government
  • Foster high levels of achievement among our citizens and institutions
  • Develop effective partnerships with all the agencies that impact on the lives of Greenwich residents

Maximise our impact as a local authority, as a partner with business, the voluntary sector and other public agencies.