Hackney population nears a quarter of a million

Hackney Town Hall Dec 2011 © ∂å

HACKNEY’S population is officially 246,300. That’s the finding of last year’s census and compares with the 2001 Hackney count of 202,800. The latest figure is more than that of Peterborough and other recently designated cities.

The Office of National Statistics says that 86 per cent of households in the borough, which stretches from Finsbury Park in the north to Shoreditch in the south, returned their census form last year, which means the figures are 14% inaccurate. They were even less useful in 2001, when 28% of Hackneyites did not take return census forms. Those figures refer to locals who  were contacted and do not include people not officially known.

Jules Pipe Hackney mayor 2010 © DA
Mayor Jules Pipe. Top: Hackney Town Hall

Hackney council immediately piggybacked on the ONS announcement. The Mayor, Jules Pipe, said: “For years we’ve been making the case to the ONS and [the] government that the population of Hackney has been significantly undercounted, and that this has had an adverse impact on the funding allocated to the borough.”

He was unable to put a figure on “significantly undercounted”. But the council’s press office did include this quotation from the Mayor, “I’d like to thank residents who took the time to fill in their census forms and help us gain a much more realistic picture of the number of people living in Hackney today”.

It is a pity that the council site on Hackney population  was not mentioned rather than a quotation patronising residents.

Hackney’s summary of research is clearly presented, and no doubt will be updated to include the latest ONS figures.

David Altheer 180712

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One thought on “Hackney population nears a quarter of a million

  1. I was trying to get my head around Hackney population figures and there has been some debate.

    This http://www.hackney.gov.uk/xp-factsandfigures-mye.htm from Hackney council’s website might explain where the Mayor is coming from:

    In 2007 Hackney commissioned further research on the population in the borough and this was found to be 6% higher than official figures.

    Obviously, getting the population figures accurate is a great challenge. It is also very important as it is used to determine the funding of local government, schools and local health services. It is also critical in the design of new public services to estimate the demand now and into the medium term.

    To give a sense of the differences, the four estimates of the population for 2007 are:
    ONS MYE (mid-year estimates): 209,700
    Greater London Authority (low): 216,197
    GLA (high): 219,281
    Hackney study: 223,171

    Each also demonstrates greater variation at ward level.

    This is excellent and the key detail has been added to the article above. — Ed.

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