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bmeCensus 2011 BME GroupsIt is estimated that around 3.7% (7,500) of the population are from a black or minority ethnic (BME) group.[1] The BME population has increased from around 1.6% in 2001. This does not include Gateshead's orthodox Jewish community; over 3000 people state that their religion is Jewish, although this also includes the non-orthodox Jewish population. Over 400 were aged 0-4 and around 1,200 aged 5-17.

Gateshead's increasing diversity may have implications in terms of support for different communities. For example, there have been significant increases in residents of Chinese (+690) and African (+695) origin, and 2% of households do not contain anyone who considers English to be their main language.[1]

Bridges ward is home to the largest number of people from Black or Minority Ethnic groups at 1,281 or 14.2%, followed by Saltwell with 1,030 or 10.7%. Across Gateshead, of the BME groups, the Asian ethnic group has increased the most since 2001. This has been most notable in Bridges (+464 - over half are Chinese), Lobley Hill & Bensham (+225), Dunston & Teams (+206) and Saltwell (+201).[1]

See also: Census 2011 Ward Factsheets ; 'Equalities Profile of Gateshead'


[1] Census, ONS 2011 (ONS website)

Last modified on 26th April 2018

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