London’s population is growing at twice the rate of the rest of Britain

London’s population is growing at twice the rate of the rest of Britain, new stats show.

Our size has increased by 469,000 from 8.2m in 2011 to 8.7m last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

There’s an average of 130,000 births a year, and overseas immigrants account for around 200,000 newbies annually.

However, many Londoners leave for other parts of the UK, reducing the overall level.

Other regions with large population growths over the same period include the West Midlands (on 94,000), and Greater Manchester (71,000).

 

“With its high ethnic-minority population it may prove especially attractive to people wishing to join family or others from that cultural background,” the report said of London.

“In addition, for people heading to the UK, London is somewhere they are more likely to have some pre-existing awareness of than other parts of the country – perhaps because of previous visits, but also simply because it has a higher profile as the UK capital.”

“That highlights some of the pressure on London’s housing stock: more people trying to squeeze in, therefore more overcrowding and more upwards pressure on rents,” Neal Hudson – UK housing market analyst at property firm Savills – told The Guardian.

 

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