Rough sleepers in London 2018/19, by age

In 2018/19, 32 percent of people seen to be sleeping rough in London were aged between 36 and 45 years old, the most common age group in that year. In this same year, 5 percent of people seen to be homeless were under the age of 18, and a further 12 percent were aged over 55.

Homeless numbers in London
In 2017/18 there were over 7.4 thousand people reported to be sleeping rough in London, 600 fewer than in the previous year. Over 2.1 thousand of these people were seen in the borough of Westminster, with a further 784 seen in Camden.

Most common nationalities
Of the 7.4 thousand people seen to be sleeping rough in London in 2017/18, the most common nationality was unsurprisingly people from the United Kingdom at over 3.8 thousand. By far the next most common demographic were people from central and eastern Europe, who accounted for over 1.67 thousand rough sleepers in that year.

People reported to be sleeping rough in London (UK) in 2018/19, by age*

Share of reported rough sleepers
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Release date

June 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019

Supplementary notes

*Rough sleepers were reported and verified by services who work directly with the street population in London. This includes: outreach teams, rough sleeper assessment and reconnection services, accommodation projects, including hostels, second-stage accommodation and supported housing projects, day centres and other specialist services.

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