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Population and household statistics

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) produce a range of statistics at electoral ward level including Oval ward, Princes ward and Vassal Ward. Here are some key population and household statistics for the area.

Crime statistics

Basic crime statistics are also available on line at electoral ward level.


According to the Oval ward crime statistics, the average number of crimes in the area per month for the three months ending September 2010 were 173 - up from 162 at the same time last year.  Similarly , Princes ward crime statistics were 152 -up from 110.  


Did you spot the misleading statement above?   The crimes per month were those which were reported not actual.  That’s ok as long as we understand it and not mislead ourselves...as I just did (:-)  


The police assess Oval and Princes wards as having average crime levels.  In contrast, across the river in St James ward of Westminster, crime levels are assessed as being high with 1,351 up from 1,289.  Of course St James is much bigger that either Oval or Princes wards...should we have used crimes per square mile I wonder?


2001 CENSUS

Oval Ward

Princes Ward

Vassal Ward

Lambeth

POPULATION STATISTICS





Population

11,983

11,636

13,172

266,169

% Christian

59%

64%

61%

59%

% good health

72%

70%

70%

72%

% economically active (full time)

48%

43%

39%

46%

Population density (persons per hectare)

97

109

~

99

HOUSEHOLD STATISTICS





Number of households

5,513

5,649

5,766

118,447

% owner occupied

29%

27%

23%

41%

% households with no car or van

58%

58%

57%

51%

There are neither lies nor damn lies in this section but there are statistics.  These days the UK Statistics Authority Code of Practice sets out principles that official (government) statistics should meet.  Once the numbers are published, it is down to us to select things at random, quote out of context, misinterpret and mislead...but let’s not blame the statistics.  


The chart to the right compares the populations of the Oval, Prince and Vassal wards as found in the 2001 census. The age distributions of the three wards are similar but there are differences.  For example, Vassal ward has more children whereas Princes ward has more elderly people.