Thurrock facts and statistics

Location and place

Thurrock is located on the north bank of the River Thames immediately to the east of London. It has excellent transport links with London, the rest of the UK and Europe by road – via the M25 and A13 corridors – rail, river and air.

Geography Extent
Area 165 square kilometres
Riverfront 18 miles
Green Belt land 70%


Thurrock has a growth strategy to create 30,000 jobs by the year 2037. There are 6 major growth hubs in the borough:

Homes and houses

According to the Valuation Office, April 2019, there are 68,266 dwellings in Thurrock. The borough has a target to build 30,000 new homes by 2037 to meet the demand expected from people wanting to live here.

Thurrock has a stock of 10,000 council houses, including 1,200 sheltered and extra care homes.

House price information below is from the Land Registry Housing Price Index, June 2019. Other information comes from the national census of 2011.

Housing status Thurrock East region England
Owner-occupier 66.2% 67.6% 63.4%
Rented from the council or housing association 18.4% 15.7% 17.7%
Rented privately 14.1% 14.8% 16.8%
Average house prices £264,059 £291,370 £246,728


Thurrock is steeped in history. It has 2 historic forts:

  • Tilbury Fort, where Queen Elizabeth I gave her famous "heart of a king" speech whilst amassing the fleet to face the Spanish Armada in 1588
  • Coalhouse Fort, which was completed in 1874

Thurrock was also the venue for the Empire Windrush's momentous disembarkation at Tilbury, plus many more stories from history, all of which have displays at Thurrock Museum.