London's population and geography

Key findings


live in London, 13% of the UK's population. London is growing at twice the rate of the UK as a whole.


has a net migration inflow for ages 15 to 29, with an outflow for all older age groups.


of Londoners are black and minority ethnic, compared to an average of 10% in the rest of England.


These set of indicators explore who lives in London and how it is changing. It sets the context for all the rest of the indicators on this website.

8.8 million people live in London, which is a 16% increase over the last decade, and makes up 13% of the UK population. This growth has been largest in Inner East and South London. There are more than 4 times as many BME people in London (41%) than in the Rest of England (10%). 

London also has far higher proportion of residents aged between 25-34, especially in Inner London where they make up 24% of the population. Net migration into London was almost 60,000 in 2014/2015 (including both international and domestic migration) – the highest figure in four years. This data will not reflect any changes in migration, if any, which have resulted from the Brexit referendum.

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