It is estimated that around 3.7% (7,500) of the population are from a black or minority ethnic (BME) group. 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.
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).
 Census, ONS 2011 (ONS website)