Croydon

Overview

Croydon is an outer London borough located in the south of London. It is one of the more affordable boroughs in which to live, with rents for an average one-bedroom property representing 36% of median pre-tax pay in London, significantly less than London as a whole (45%). Child poverty rates (36%) in Croydon are similar to the typical London borough (37%). 

Croydon delivered more social, affordable and discounted housing between 2017/18 and 2019/20 than most other boroughs, with an average of 260 new units per year in Croydon compared to an average of 110. This should, however, be seen in the light both of the size and relative low density of Croydon and the fact that in the same period the borough saw an average of 1,670 new market-priced properties per year, the second most in London after Barnet. 

The grid below shows how Croydon is performing on key poverty and inequality indicators, in comparison with all London boroughs. Better than average (green) means Croydon is in the top performing third, average (orange) means the middle third, and worse than average (red) the lowest performing third of all the London local authorities.

Croydon indicator rankings

Infant mortality

4.4
Worse than average ?

Premature mortality

310
Average ?

Qualifications at 19

36.74%
Average ?

Child poverty rate

36%
Average ?

Income inequality

1.01
Average ?

Pay inequality

2.59
Average ?

Poverty rate

22%
Average ?

Evictions

2.31
Average ?

Homeless acceptances

0.77
Average ?

Housing affordability

35.6
Better than average ?

Housing delivery

260
Better than average ?

Rough sleeping

306
Average ?

Temporary accommodation

13.52
Average ?

GCSE attainment

69%
Worse than average ?

No qualifications

5.0
Average ?

Benefits

17.3%
Average ?

Unemployment rate

4.7%
Average ?

Unemployment rate change

-1.3pts
Average ?