In July 2012 we received the first set of 2011 Census figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). These show that the population of Merton has continued to grow and is estimated to have been 199,693 in March 2011. This is an increase of 11,785 or 6.3% compared to the 2001 Census.

Year Census population estimate
2011 199,693
2001 187,908
1991 168,470

The census found there were 78,800 resident households in the borough and more than 93% responded to the census questionnaire. We would like to thank all those who took the time to complete the questionnaire as this was a significant improvement on 2001.

Further figures were released in January 2013 that provided data by ward and smaller output areas. Using this data we produced a briefing for the Merton Partnership. This presentation also made use of 'heat maps' produced by Alex Singleton, a Lecturer in Geographic Information Science at the University of Liverpool.

To view the Census statistics for Merton please use the Office for National Statistics website.

About the census

Every ten years ONS carries out a census to find out about the people who live in England and Wales, and about the make-up of local neighbourhoods. Census day was 27 March 2011 so the data gives us a picture of Merton on that day.

Why the Census matters

Like all local authorities Merton Council relies on census population statistics to get the government funding we need for public services. How much we get is directly related to how many and what kind of people the census says live in our area. This is also true for health services, policing, public transport and other local public services. So the census figures make a very real difference to people’s lives and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to take part.

Find out more

Office for National Statistics website

Contact us

Consultation and Community Engagement Team
Merton Council
Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 3896