Barking and Dagenham has highest birth rate in London

PUBLISHED: 10:51 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 20 July 2017

The birth rate statistics for last year have been released (Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The birth rate statistics for last year have been released (Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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Barking and Dagenham had the highest general fertility rate last year than in any other London borough, new figures have revealed.

In 2016, there were 86.5 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 living in the borough - a total of 3,973 babies - according to data released by the Office of National Statistics.

This is well above second place Newham, which had 74.6 births per 1,000 women - but its larger population meant that the figure translated to 6,027 babies.

Other east London boroughs saw a large number of babies born, with 4,592 babies born in Tower Hamlets, 4,700 in Waltham Forest, 4,782 in Redbridge and 3,423 in Havering.

Across the country, there were 696,271 babies born last year - less than the 697,852 born in 2015.

The number of young mums also decreased, with fewer babies born to those aged 29 and under and a rise in births to those aged 30 and over.

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