Child dependency

Date 20 April 2020
Date updated 20 April 2020

Child dependency ratio by area over time (2000 - 2030)

Compared to the rest of England, the child dependency ratio is higher in Outer London, but lower in Inner London. 

In Outer London, there are 34 children for every 100 working-age adults compared to 31 in the rest of England, and 26 in Inner London. 

The child dependency ratio is an indication of how many under 16s working-age people need to support. Since 2000, the child dependency ratio has fallen in Inner London and the rest of England but risen in Outer London. Across London and England, the child dependency ratio is projected to peak in 2020 before gradually declining.