South West London rental information

South West London has a population of 336,575 which means it is ranked 9 out of 8 Rentonomy compass zones (1 being the most populous).

  • The most populous area is Wimbledon (SW19)
  • Houses account for 62.5% of housing
  • 21.4% of inhabitants in South West London were not born in the UK

South West London contains 15 Rentonomy areas. The most populous area in South West London is Wimbledon (SW19) with a population of 72,143. The least populous area is Molesey (KT8) with a population of 19,088.

Average rents, based on a 2 bedroom property, range from £485 in Molesey to £213 in Chessington. Average crime (per thousand people) here is 16.4 which is 38% below the London average. We give the wealth score in the area a Rentonomy rating of 1.38 out of 5 (1 being the wealthiest) which is 35.1% above the London average. The average age in this area is 37.2 which is 5.5% above the London average. The three areas which best exemplify South West London are Kingston, Surbiton and Wimbledon

The main shopping centre is very picturesque

Kingston is a significant hub in suburban south west London. Central London is 12 miles away so it's quite far out but reasonably well connected to the centre via the overground. The main shopping centre is very picturesque, situated as it is next to the River Thames. It has a big retail hub at its core with a John Lewis as well as the Bengal Centre, Eden Walk, Market Place, Od London Road and the high Street. There is loads of open space around Kingston including Hogsmill Valley, Canterbury Gardens, Richmond Park and Bushy Park.

Surbiton in south west London is a classic destination for young families moving out of central London looking for more space. Due to a quirk in its locomotive history, residents have a much shorter commute than those in neighbouring Kingston, just 15 minutes into Waterloo. Many people will have forgotten the TV show The Good Life about a self-sufficient couple living in the suburbs but for a long time that was what Surbiton was most famous for. The most desirable part of the area is the''river roads' between Portsmouth Road and Maple Road.

From the world famous tennis championships and the capital's largest Common, Wimbledon is a thriving town with a rich heritage dating back to the Iron Ages. Belying its charming, almost country atmosphere, it is just seven miles away from central London. Affluent families veer up the hill into Wimbledon Village to the grand Victorian houses and conversion flats, while young professionals and families seeking more for their money stay closer to the town centre (and train station) attracted by the period and more modern houses.

22.7% of homes in the area are rented privately while 64.6% are owner occupied

We give pubs in the area a Rentonomy rating of 4.5 which is 0.6% above the London average. We give coffee shops in the area a Rentonomy rating of 4.1 which is 7.5% below the London average. We give restaurants in the area a Rentonomy rating of 4.3 which is 5.2% below the London average. We give the quality of the retails shops in the area a Rentonomy rating of 3.8 which is 17.2% below the London average.

21.4% of inhabitants in South West London were not born in the UK ranking it 7 out of 8 Rentonomy compass areas as most international area of London, North West London being the most international at number 1. The most common country of origin (excluding the UK) is Republic of Ireland, followed by South Africa and India. In regards to languages spoken, the most common language spoken in homes in this area (except English) is Polish followed by Tamil and Korean.

22.7% of homes in the area are rented privately while 64.6% are owner occupied and 10.8% are social rented.In regards to types of housing, flats account for 37.5% of homes in the area while houses account for 62.5%. Of these houses, terraces represent 23.2% of the total, semi-detached 25.7% and detached 13.4%.

Regarding employment, the average job grade here is 3.7 (1 being the fanciest professional jobs and 10 being the more menial jobs, as defined by the Office for National Statistics) meaning residents of South West London are ranked 1 out of 8 Rentonomy compass zones for average job grade, 1 being the area with the highest grade of workers. The most common field of employment here is Lower managerial, administrative and professional occupations which employs 28.6% of the population.


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