The health of our borough

People in Harrow are, in general, healthier and live longer than the average for England and London. However, there are a number of underlying health issues that affect many of the population of the borough. People living in different social circumstances experience differences in their health and wellbeing, and in their life expectancy.  

The annual Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is carried out by Harrow Council, in partnership with the NHS and community representatives, and is founded on a strong evidence base of need.

Men in west Harrow can expect to live for five and a half years longer than men in Greenhill ward. Women in inner south Harrow can expect to live more than 10 years longer than women in Wealdstone. However, although there are big variations in life expectancy, Harrow compares favourably to London as a whole.

Harrow’s population is projected to grow over the next ten years, with the greatest growth in the older age groups (45-59 and 60+). There is also a predicted increase in numbers of children aged 0-15 but a predicted reduction in the 15-44 age group. 

More than 50 per cent of Harrow’s population is from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups, making Harrow one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the country. The largest group, after white, is Indian. 

Less than half the children in schools in Harrow speak English as a first language. The second most commonly spoken language is Guajarati.