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Borough profile

Bromley is situated in southeast outer London and is the largest borough in the capital. 60% of the borough is protected green belt or Metropolitan Open Land, giving the borough a uniquely ‘green’ feel.

The borough is in the top half of performing boroughs overall. It is characterised by below-average unemployment – 4.6% compared to the London average of 6.4% - and relatively low incidences of low pay amongst its residents, 15% compared to the city average of 21%.

Like many outer London boroughs however, Bromley has an above-average number of low-paid jobs: over one in four jobs located in the borough are paid below the London living wage. Additionally, only 37% of pupils eligible for free schools meals achieved 5 A* - C grades including English and Maths, in 2013/14, a figure nine percentage points below the average for London as a whole.

The borough is one of the most populous in the capital, with around 309,000 residents. With low percentages of 20-35 year olds compared to the London average, and higher proportions of 50-80 year olds, Bromley has an old, and ageing, population profile. With only around 16% of its population “non-White,” Bromley also has a far less ethnically diverse population than most other London boroughs.


Compare Bromley's overall performance against other boroughs

Bromley is highlighted particularly in the relevant indicators listed on the right. In addition, data for all boroughs feature in the indicators below:

Low income





Low pay

Benefits & welfare reform