Poverty and inequality data for Merton
Merton is an outer London borough located in south London. It has a relatively low rate of children who are living in households in poverty (29%, compared to the 38% in the typical London borough).
The borough has a lower unemployment rate (3.5%) than the London rate of 5% and most other London boroughs. Unemployment has also fallen more in Merton than across London overall. In Merton, unemployment has fallen by 1.9 percentage points since 2013/16. Across London, it has fallen by 1.5 percentage points in the same time period.
The grid below shows how Merton is performing on key poverty and inequality indicators, in comparison with all 32 London boroughs and the City of London. Better than average (green) means Merton 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.