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About the Borough

About the Borough

Barnet is a vibrant, diverse and successful city-suburb of London with big ambitions. Our residents enjoy:

  • A clean and green environment
  • Excellent schools
  • Low levels of crime
  • Good transport links
  • High quality housing and public spaces

The borough is a net exporter of commuters into Central London, but with a significant local economy of our own with in-commuting. Generally, Barnet is affluent, but there are some significant areas of deprivation. We have six areas within the top 10 per cent most deprived in the country.

In common with other London boroughs, Barnet is an ethnically diverse area and is also one of the most religiously diverse boroughs nationally. Our communities are cohesive and people get on well with each other.

Barnet residents also live healthier and longer lives than the national average, although we do experience significant health inequalities relating to socio-economic and other factors.

80 per cent of people are satisfied with Barnet as a place to live – above the London average. However, the level of public satisfaction with the council is on a downward trajectory. Despite being an extremely efficient council and removing over £80m, our value for money perception is poor.

Beyond our borders, the attractions of Central London are within easy reach by Tube, road and overground rail services. The South East and the rest of the UK are easily accessible too, with the M1 and A1 both crossing Barnet. The M25 passes just north of the borough, providing direct access to Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports - and the new St Pancras Channel Link Terminal is a short journey away, bringing mainland Europe even closer.

Changing Demographics

Barnet’s population is expected to increase 12 per cent (40,600 people) by 2019, and will become London’s most populous borough from 2012. The borough will become more ethnically diverse, particularly among younger residents. We are actively promoting positive cohesion through our faith communities and their institutions.

We are the second largest London Borough by population. We are a desirable leafy suburb with over 200 parks, 36,000 street trees and 36% undeveloped land. The rest of the borough is made up of suburban residential areas and 20 traditional town centres, including a major retail location at Brent Cross.

There will also be a marked increase in the number of children aged between 5 and 14 years old and of people aged over 65. We also expect an increase in our residents aged over 85.

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