Lewisham’s population of about 286,000 people is relatively young, with one in four residents aged under 19 years. The population aged 60 years and over represents one in eight people in the borough. This contrasts with England as a whole, where more between one in four and one in five people is over 60.

Males comprise 49% of Lewisham’s population, females 51%. These proportions are not expected to change in the next few years.


Between 2001 and 2011, the population of Lewisham grew by 17,000, or 10%, and has grown by a further 9,000 between 2011 and 2013. Between 2013 and 2018 the population is expected to grow by a further 15,000, or 5%. The highest growth is expected in Lewisham Central (16.6%), Rushey Green (12.4%), New Cross (12.4%) and Evelyn (10.9%) wards.






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