Westminster population

Based on 2013 mid-year estimates* Westminster has an estimated population of 226,841.

The figures used in this analysis reflect the most accurate assessment of Westminster’s population at this time.  More information can be found from 2011 Census data and the ONS website.

Age and sex (in thousands)

Age Persons Males Females
All ages 226,841 116,590 110,251
0-4 13,749 7,058 6,691
5-9 10,864 5,555 5,309
10-14 9,295 4,751 4,544
15-19 9,681 5,186 4,495
20-59 147,394 77,309 70,085
60-64 9,483 4,440 5,043
65-79 19,358 9,290 10,068
80+ 7,017 3,001 4,016

Source: * Mid Year Estimates 2013, ONS

Westminster has a higher proportion of working-age residents, and a lower proportion of younger and older residents than the London average. 

  Number %  (as a percentage of 18-64  year olds)
People aged 18-64 estimated to have a moderate or serious physical disability  14,101 7%
People aged 18-64 estimated to have a common mental disorder  26,212 17%
People aged 18-64 estimated to have a learning disability  4,032 3%
  Number % (as a percentage of 65+)

Older People:

Total Population aged 65 and over with a limiting long-term illness 

11,864 44%

Source: PANSI and POPPI, Oxford Brookes University 2014

The information collected by Oxford Brookes University on limiting long-term illness does not equate to the definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010.  However, it is the best indicator of the number of disabled persons in Westminster.

Marriage and Civil Partnership

Weddings and Civil Ceremonies in Westminster 2013

  Total Weddings Female Civil Partnerships Male Civil Partnerships Total Civil Partnerships
Total 2226 48 176 224

Source: Westminster Register Office, ONS, 2014

The 2011 census asked about people in civil partnerships. The census shows that there were 1539 people in registered civil partnerships in Westminster – which accounted for 6% of all people living in same-sex couples in London, and 2% of all people living in same-sex couples in England.

Pregnancy and maternity

Live births by local authority of usual residence of mother, numbers, General Fertility Rates and Total Fertility Rates, 2013

  Live Births General Fertility Rates Total Fertility Rates
Number 2,677 48.3 1.25

Source: ONS, 2014

The General Fertility Rate (GFR) is the number of live births per 1,000 women aged 15-44. The GFRs have been calculated using the 2012 mid-year population estimates.  

The Total Fertility Rate (TFR) is the average number of live children that a group of women would bear if they experienced the age-specific fertility rates of the calendar year in question throughout their childbearing lifespan.

Ethnicity, all usual residents (in thousands)

Ethnicity Total % Male Female
All 219.4   51% 49%
White British 77.3 35% 54% 46%
Other White 53.0 24% 54% 46%
Indian 7.2 3.3% 53% 47%
Black African 9.1 4.2% 47% 53%
Chinese 5.9 2.7% 43% 57%
Other 24.3 11% 54% 46%
Black Caribbean 4.4 2.0% 44% 56%
Irish 5.0  2.3% 49% 51%
Bangladeshi 6.3 2.9% 49% 51%
Pakistani 2.3 1.1% 53% 47%
Other Asian 10.1 4.6% 43% 57%
Mixed: White and Asian 3.6 1.6% 51% 49%
Mixed: Other Mixed 4.0 1.8% 47% 53%
Mixed: White and Black Caribbean 1.9 0.9% 47% 53%
Mixed: White and Black African 1.9 0..9% 49% 51%
Black Other 2.9 1.3% 52% 48%

Source: Census, 2011 (ONS)

Religion or belief

Religion Number %
Christian 97.8 45%
Buddhist 3.2 1.5%
Hindu 4.2 1.9%
Jewish 7.2 3.3%
Muslim 40.1 18%
Sikh 0.5 0.2%
Other religion 1.3 0.6%
No religion 44.5 20%
No religion stated 20.5 0.1%

Source: Census, 2011 (ONS)

Sexual orientation

It is not possible to know how many LGB people live in the City of Westminster or indeed in the UK as no baseline data exists on this issue. In the absence of this data, it is generally estimated that between five and ten percent of the population identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. This would mean that there were between 9,064 and 18,128 LGB people living in the City of Westminster seven years ago, based on the most recent census data from Galop.

Gender reassignment

There is no reliable estimate of the number of persons proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone gender reassignment.


Last updated: 9 August 2016
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