Thurrock has a diverse population that is increasing by over 10% every decade.
In 2001, our population was 143,300, and by the time of the Census in 2011 it had risen to 157,700. Since then it has increased by 11.6%, with the Census of 2021 reporting the population to be 176,000.
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for Census 2021 data and publishes regular updates.
The NOMIS: local authority profile for Thurrock provides the latest available information on the labour market profile of Thurrock, including employment, income and benefits statistics.
Age and gender
The ONS released Census 2021 data in June 2022. It usually provides new population predictions once a year. For the previous mid-year estimate reports by single age group and by gender, go to ONS: Population estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The table below summarises UK population estimates by age and sex based on the census of 2021.
|Population section||Percentage, rounded|
|0 to 14 year-olds||21%|
|15 to 24 year-olds||11%|
|25 to 44 year-olds||30%|
|45 to 64 year-olds||24%|
|65 year-olds and older||14%|
Ethnicity, religion and language
The latest information for Thurrock is from the national census of 2011, below.
|Ethnic profile summary||Thurrock||East region||England|
|All non-White British||19.09%||14.72%||20.25%|
|All black, African, Caribbean and black British||7.82%||2.01%||3.47%|
|All Asian and Asian British||3.77%||4.75%||7.82%|
|White Gypsy and Irish traveller||0.20%||0.14%||0.10%|
|Other white, not including White Irish||4.07%||4.45%||4.58%|
|Religion and faith summary||Thurrock||East region||England|
|Main languages summary||Thurrock||East region||England|
|Other European (EU)||3.00%||2.20%||3.10%|