The neighbourhood has always exhibited significant levels of diversity and inequality compounded by high levels of population churn and mobility. The ever changing day-time population of employees, and tourists together with an annually shifting population of students and short-term tenants, impacts on the demographic makeup in the area.
Fitzrovia is not a deprived neighbourhood, however it contains great disparity between living standards, neither does it fit neatly into ward or local authority boundaries, rather it is an ‘imagined community’ The majority of the resident population are not native to the area with (54. 5%) born outside the UK.; the largest migrant group coming from across the EU.
Child poverty can be found concentrated in pockets of the most relatively affluent areas. With some areas of Fitzrovia experiencing income deprivation affecting children 10-20% most deprived in England.
Older people in Fitzrovia are more likely to live independently and without family, with the south eastern most ward in Camden (49.5% of people aged over 65 live alone) exhibiting markedly higher levels of deprivation amongst older people. 33% of housing benefit claimants in the area are over 60.
Unemployment across the gender is higher amongst women, who are out of work owing to caring responsibilities, 1,686 resident’s report that they have never worked.
Whilst Westminster exhibits a higher degree of overall economic deprivation, the Camden section of Fitzrovia is more strongly impacted by environmental issues and the lack of green space.