Data itself does not say anything. It is just numbers and symbols, but if we put it into the context, it gets the meaning. I love to analyse it and make conclusions based on that.

Recently, I have got a great book called “Information Graphics”. It is very inspiring, so I have decided to gather some data about Walthamstow to analyse it and maybe create a project based on the data visualisation as a clear motivator to think on the topical issues.

Statistics is a very tricky science. You could prove whatever you want using it. All you have to do is to create a valid sample data. On the other hand, it is easy to make a wrong conclusion without a relevant sampling.
So there are two ways of getting data about Walthamstow: to collect it by ourselves and to use sources like UK Census.
As we are not able to get a relevant sample by asking a few people on the street, it is much appropriate to analyse existing data.


Walthamstow (parish) population
1871 — 10,692
1881 — 21,715
1891 — 46,346
1901 — 95,131
1911 — 124,580
1921 — 129,395
1931 — 132,972
1941 — war #
1951 — 121,135
1961 — 108,845
2011 — 109,424
source: UK census

Walthamstow Immigration Statistics

These figures for Country of Birth for the residents of Walthamstow are from the UK Census of 2011. Since Walthamstow has a lower level of residents born in the UK than the national average and a higher rate of residents either born in other EU countries or outside the EU, it does have a significant immigrant population.

The United Kingdom 61.4% 86.2%
Republic of Ireland 1.2% 0.7%
Other EU Countries 11.7% 3.7%
Outside the EU 25.8% 9.4%

Walthamstow Age Distribution Statistics

The population of Walthamstow as a whole, is younger than the national average. The population of Walthamstow is also older than the average, making Walthamstow a older persons location.

Age 0 to 4 8.1% 6.3%
Age 5 to 9 6.4% 5.6%
Age 10 to14 5.7% 5.8%
Age 15 to 17 3.6% 3.7%
Age 18 to 24 10.3% 9.4%
Age 25 to 29 10.3% 6.9%
Age 30 to 44 25.4% 20.6%
Age 45 to 59 16.6% 19.4%
Age 60 to 64 3.8% 6%
Age 65 to 74 5.2% 8.6%
Age 75 to 84 3.3% 5.5%
Age 85 and over 1.4% 2.3%
Mean Age 34.4 39.3
Median Age 32 39

Walthamstow Education Statistics

These statistics are for the highest level education obtained by the residents of Walthamstow and are from the UK Census of 2011. Walthamstow has a lower level of residents with either no qualifications or qualifications equal to 1 or more GCSE at grade D or below, than the national average. Walthamstow also has a high level of residents with a higher education qualification (level 4) than the national average, suggesting that the residents of Walthamstow are better educated than the average England citizen.

No Qualifications 20.8% 22.5%
Level 1 12.3% 13.3%
Level 2 12.7% 15.2%
Apprenticeship 1.7% 3.6%
Level 3 10% 12.4%
Level 4 30% 27.4%
Other 12.5% 5.7%

Walthamstow Social Grade & Occupation Statistics

Social grade is a classification based on occupation and it enables a household and all its members to be classified according to the job of the main income earner.

AB 20.77% 22.96%
C1 33.15% 30.92%
C2 19.03% 20.64%
DE 27.05% 25.49%

Walthamstow Property Ownership & Rental Statistics

Walthamstow has a lower rate of home ownership (via a mortgage or owned outright) than the national average, which suggests that Walthamstow is an economically deprived area.Since all home ownership is lower than the national average and all rented accommodation levels are higher than the national average, this also suggests an area of economic deprivation

Owned 20% 30.6%
Mortgage 29.9% 32.8%
Shared 1.1% 0.8%
Social Rented (Council) 10.7% 9.4%
Social Rented (Housing Assoc) 11.3% 8.3%
Private Rented 24.7% 15.4%
Other 1.2% 1.4%
Rent Free 1% 1.3%

Walthamstow Benefits & Unemployment Statistics

These figures on the claiming of benefits in Walthamstow come from the Department for Work & Pensions and are dated . They can often be a good indicator of the prosperity of the town and possible indicator of how hard it would be to get employment in the area. The rate of unemployment in Walthamstow is both higher than the average for and higher than the national average, suggesting that finding a job in this area maybe hard.

Jobseekers Allowance (only) 4.8% 3.3%
Incapacity Benefits (IB or ESA) 2.5% 2.4%
Any Benefit (includes in work benefits) 14.6% 13.5%

Walthamstow General Health Statistics

The respondents of the 2011 Census were asked to rate their health. These are the results for Walthamstow. The percentage of residents in Walthamstow rating their health as ‘very good’ is less than the national average. Also the percentage of residents in Walthamstow rating their health as ‘very bad’ is more than the national average, suggesting that the health of the residents of Walthamstow is generally worse than in the average person in England.

Very Good 47.11% 47.17%
Good 35.61% 34.22%
Fair 12.06% 13.12%
Bad 3.89% 4.25%
Very Bad 1.34% 1.25%

Sources: Office for National Statistics & Department for Work & Pensions.


Crime map

The criminal situation is moderate in the borough.

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