Thurrock facts and statistics

Overview

Thurrock is located on the north side of the River Thames, immediately to the east of London.

Opportunity and growth

We are home to some of the most exciting opportunities in the country. Our growth programme is possibly the largest and most ambitious in the country.

£6 billion has already been invested by the private sector in Thurrock up to 2017, with 7,000 new jobs created and 1,170 new businesses coming to the borough, including leading ports and logistics centres, retail and creative industries.

We expect a further 30,000 new jobs to be created by the year 2037. More than 1,000 acres of land are ready for commercial development, with 30,000 new homes likely to be built.

Thurrock is at the heart of global trade and logistics, with no fewer than 3 international ports. We are well positioned on the M25 and A13 corridors, with excellent transport links west into London, north and east into Essex, and south into Kent.

Culture and countryside

Thurrock has a unique cultural identity that includes 2 historic forts and many areas of wildlife and natural beauty.

Our larger towns are Corringham, Grays, Purfleet, Stanford-le-Hope and Tilbury, yet Thurrock is 70% greenbelt with rural villages such as Bulphan, Orsett and Horndon on the Hill.

Our communities

We have a growing community that brings increased demand for public services.

Our total numbers of residents of different ages are similar to regional and national figures. Overall, however, we have a higher proportion of children aged up to 4 years-old, and adults between 30 and 44 years-old. We have a smaller proportion of people aged 65 years and older.

Our population has become more ethnically diverse over the last 10 years. Ages and ethnicities vary a lot between our 20 wards.

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