Over half of Tower Hamlets’ population are from non-white
British ethnic groups. A third of these are Bangladeshi, of
whom over a third are 15 years or less old.
According to Office for National Statistics (ONS) 2006
- fifty six per cent of the population in Tower Hamlets belonged
to an ethnic group other than white British
- thirty per cent are Bangladeshi
- eight per cent are from other white backgrounds
The 2001 National Census recorded 153,893 people of Bangladeshi
origin living in London and just over two fifths as living in Tower
Hamlets. Bangladeshi’s were also more likely to have large
families. For London as a whole the percentage of Bangladeshi
households with two or more dependent children was 57 per cent,
more than three times the London average of 17 per cent.
Only eight per cent of Bangladeshi households were single
person households as compared to 35 per cent for London.
These factors still echo in the population today. Just over
170,000 people of Bangladeshi origin are estimated to live in
London and just under two fifths live in Tower Hamlets. Children
make up a much larger proportion of the Bangladeshi population than
they do the white British population. Whereas under 14 per cent of
the borough’s white British residents fall in the 0-15 age group,
35 per cent of Bangladeshi residents fall in this age group (ONS
2006 population estimates).
of the percentage of ethnic groups in Tower Hamlets and London, and
of the Bangladeshi and white British population falling into given
age groups (PDF, 19k).
Another view of the same data reveals that the 0 – 15 age group
in the borough comprises 50 per cent children of Bangladeshi origin
as compared to 30 per cent children of white British origin.
In contrast, people of white British origin comprise nearly 50
per cent of the 16 plus population whereas 25 per cent are
Bangladeshi in origin. Most Bangladeshi children in London
were born in the UK, while most adults were born in Bangladesh.