Thurrock facts and statistics

Population

Thurrock has a diverse population that is increasing by over 10% every decade.

In 2001 the population was 143,300. In 2011 our population was 158,300. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimated it as 172,500 in 2018, and estimates it will have risen to 178,300 by the time of the next national census in 2021.

Population estimates are produced by the ONS and are updated periodically. For the latest Thurrock population, go to NOMIS: local authority profile for Thurrock.

The NOMIS website also provides the latest available information on the labour market profile of Thurrock, including employment, income and benefits statistics.

Age and gender

The ONS usually provides new population predictions once a year. For the latest 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 ONS's population estimates by age and sex in the UK for 2016. These estimates were made in 2019.

Population section Estimate
Male 49.34%
Female 50.66%
0 to 14 year-olds 21.86%
15 to 24 year-olds 10.90%
25 to 44 year-olds 28.74%
45 to 64 year-olds 24.56%
65 year-olds and older 14.11%

Ethnicity, religion and language

The latest information for Thurrock is from the national census of 2011, below.

Ethnic profile summary Thurrock East region England
White British 80.91% 85.28% 79.75%
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
Christian 63.34% 59.66% 59.38%
No religion 26.04% 27.90% 24.74%
Muslim 2.01% 2.54% 5.02%
Main languages summary Thurrock East region England
English 94% 94.50% 92%
Other European (EU) 3.00% 2.20% 3.10%
Polish 1.40% 1.00% 1.00%
South Asian 1.20% 1.30% 2.50%