Poverty and inequality data for Hackney

Key findings


of people in Hackney are living in poverty.

1 in 10

working-age people in Hackney are claiming an out-of-work benefit.


of disadvantaged pupils in Hackney achieve a C or above at GCSE in Maths and English.


Hackney is an Inner London borough with significant problems of poverty and inequality. The poverty rate is 36% in Hackney, well above the London average of 27%, and only lower than Newham and Tower Hamlets. 5.4% of working age people are unemployed – down from 6.7% in 2011-2013. 

Hackney has the highest infant mortality rate of any borough by a large margin. 5.4 babies die per 1,000 live births in Hackney. The next highest rate is 4.5 per 1,000 live births in Barking & Dagenham. 

However, Hackney has good educational outcomes including for disadvantaged pupils. It also has a relatively high proportion of new homes which are affordable, social housing or shared ownership.

The rankings below show how Hackney is performing on key poverty and inequality indicators, in comparison with all 32 London boroughs. The first section gives a snapshot from the latest data: the deeper the red, the worse the problem; those coloured green are in the top half of London boroughs, which are performing better.

The circles show whether the issue is getting better or worse in comparison to previous period. Where there is no change, the circle is orange. Where there is no comparative data, the circle is grey.

Hackney indicator rankings over time

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