Camden Town is not only a popular London tourist destination, it’s also home to many locals. But just how many people live in the Borough of Camden?

Camden is an energetic, vibrant area which thrives with businesses and educational facilities. Due to the excitement of the area, it’s a place that many call home. We take a look just to see who exactly lives in Camden, and some other interesting facts.

According to the Camden Council, at mid-2017 the latest estimate was 239,900 people. The 10-year forecast is the addition of 24,300 people taking it to 264,200. It could be even higher with the new residential buildings planned.

Overall Size and Composition

Comprising almost 22 square kilometres in the heart of London, Camden is a borough of diversity and contrasts. Business centres such as Holborn, Euston and Tottenham Court Road contrast with exclusive residential districts in Hampstead and Highgate, thriving Belsize Park, the open spaces of Hampstead Heath, Parliament Hill and Kenwood, the youthful energy of Camden Town, subdivided houses in Kentish Town and West Hampstead and the relative deprivation of areas such as Kilburn, King’s Cross and Gospel Oak.

The Council has designated 39 Conservation Areas that cover approximately half the borough and more than 5,600 buildings and structures are listed as having special architectural or historic interest. Camden is well served by public transport, including three main-line railway stations (St Pancras, King’s Cross and Euston); and St Pancras International, with extensive bus, tube and suburban rail networks. Many of the borough’s streets are under severe parking stress, and the southern part of the borough is within the central London congestion-charging zone, though a high proportion of households (78%) in this area do not have access to a vehicle.

Camden is home to the largest student population in London, with more than 25,700 higher education students resident in Camden, 51% of whom are from overseas. Almost a third (32%) of students live in halls of residence or university properties.

Camden Town Station

Age and Gender

Camden’s demographic profile corresponds to a typical metropolitan city with a university presence: a large proportion of students and younger adults, relatively few children and older people compared to the national average: 41% of residents are aged under 30, 68% are aged under 45. 18% of the population are children and young people aged under-18.

The average age in Camden is 36.8 years, compared to 36.6 in London and 40.5 nationally.

Local Economy

Camden’s geographic position in central London and the business environment created has enabled it to become one of the most important business locations in the country, making a large contribution as measured by GVA (Gross Value Added). ONS estimates that Camden added £26.4Bn to the national economy in 2015, an increase of 38% on 2008, growing faster than central London (34%), Greater London (30%) or UK (18%). Camden is the 4th highest contributor to GVA in London after Westminster (£53.6Bn), City (£46.7Bn) and Tower Hamlets (£29.0Bn) and its share of national GVA in 2015 was 1.59%, up from 1.28% in 2008.

Business and Employment

Camden is home to the second highest number of businesses in London after Westminster and in the UK. There were 30,900 enterprises registered in Camden in 2016, a 6.2% increase on 2015 and has grown 28% since 2008. Camden accounts for 5.8% of all London local (business) units.

Camden has the third highest number of business start-ups in London, demonstrating that Camden is a good place to set up. There were 5,445 new enterprise start-ups in Camden in 2015, a 24% increase on 2014. This is the third highest figure in London after Westminster and Islington. 39% of Camden enterprises that started-up in 2010 were still active five years later in 2015.

See all the data provided by Camden Council.

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