The history of Hackney’s diverse communities

Today’s Hackney is a dynamic, cohesive, growing community. In 2016, a survey of residents found 90% of residents said that Hackney was a place where people from different backgrounds got on well together.

Hackney’s diverse communities

Changes since 2001

According to the ONS, since the previous Census in 2011 the population of Hackney increased by 5.2%, from around 246,300 in 2011 to around 259,100 in 2021. This was a smaller increase than for the rest of London and England.

The average age of residents increased from 30 to 32, however Hackney still has a younger average age than most of the rest of London. The most common age of arrival into the borough for new residents is between 20 and 44.

Home ownership and private renting both increased over the ten years, with social renting decreasing.

More residents recording having “no national identity” than in 2011. The number of residents identifying with the ethnic category of “Other” or “Arab” rose to 8.7% (from 5.3” in 2011). The percentage of people who identify as “”Asian, Asian British or Asian Welsh” and “Black, Black British, Black Welsh, Caribbean or African” decreased.

The number of residents reporting they have “No Religion” increased from 28% in 2011 to 36% in 2021 making “No Religion” the most common response in Hackney.

This information is from the ONS interactive tool How your area has changed in 10 years: Census 2021.

Further information

Our history and heritage pages give a detailed account of when people first started to settle in Hackney’s different neighbourhoods, including different immigrants, and the work that they did.

Hackney Museum has an excellent permanent collection about the local history of Hackney featuring displays and interviews about people who have migrated to Hackney over the past 1,000 years.

For information on Hackney’s population. This includes official estimates of the size and structure of the population, and data on current characteristics and future growth trends, visit Population.

Page updated on: 27 March 2024