About Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest is one of 32 London boroughs, bordering Hackney, Haringey, Enfield, Redbridge and Epping Forest District Council, in north-east London. Within the borough we have four main neighbourhood areas with a distinct identity: Chingford, Leyton, Leytonstone, and Walthamstow.

An estimated 276,940 residents call Waltham Forest home, which is expected to rise to around 300,000 by 2030. We have a young age structure with a higher proportion of young children (21% aged 0-14) and working-age residents (67% aged 16-64) compared to the UK as a whole (18% and 62% respectively). While the overall female/male ratio is 1:1, women start to outnumber men from age 50 onwards due to differences in life expectancy.

We are one of the most diverse areas in the country a vibrant and strong sense of community. An estimated 53% of residents are from a minority ethnic background and around a quarter of residents (26%) are born outside the UK - compared to 35% in London and 14% in the UK as a whole.

There is also a relatively large range of incomes across Waltham Forest wards. Typically, those in the north of the borough earn more than those located in the south. Leyton residents have the lowest median household income of £27,790, whilst Endlebury has £43,210 - a difference of £15,420.

Our Homes

  • There are around 110,000 homes in Waltham Forest with a projected growth of more than 35,000 over the next 15 years
  • 49 per cent of our properties are built pre-1919, this is in comparison with 22 per cent nationally.
  • 76 per cent of properties have an energy efficiency rating (EPC) of D or below
  • 41 per cent of homes are owner occupier; 37 per cent are privately rented; 22 per cent are social housing (of which around half is council-owned)

Our People

  • Almost half the children in our borough live in poverty (45 per cent). 75 per cent of these children live in a household where at least one person works
  • 21 per cent of households are living in fuel poverty, this is the third highest rate in London and seventh in England
  • 82 per cent of residents who answered the latest Resident Insight Survey indicated they feel strongly that they belong to Waltham Forest
  • 23 per cent of our 10 to11-year olds are overweight or obese
  • 6.6 per cent of adults suffer from diabetes. If current trends continue, this is predicted to rise to over 11 per cent by 2030

Our Borough

  • University of Portsmouth, could bring forward the borough’s first higher education campus for 5,000 students, with the potential to contribute £372million to the local economy over the next 20 years.
  • £50million boost from the new EMD theatre to our local economy over the next ten years
  • While overall crime rates have remained steady, domestic abuse and religiously and racially motivated hate crime have almost doubled in the past ten years.

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