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Census gives insights into characteristics of London’s population

Statistics published today from the 2011 Census reveal the changing characteristics of the population in every region of England and Wales and the 348 local authorities that form them. These statistics cover topics such as ethnicity, religion, country of birth, health, accommodation, tenure, and availability of cars and vans. Further details are given in the Statistical Bulletin and accompanying tables.

This release supplements the figures published in July 2012, which put the total population of England and Wales on census day (27 March 2011) at 56.1 million – an increase of 3.7 million (7 per cent) since 2001.

There were 8.2 million residents in London. This was an increase of some 851,000 (12 per cent) since 2001, and represents 15 per cent of the population of England and Wales. This is the highest growth since 2001, when compared with regions of England and Wales. Of all regions only the South East has a larger total population.

The median age of the region was 33, which was 6 years lower than the England and Wales average. Within the region this ranged from 29 in Newham and Tower Hamlets to 40 in Havering and Bromley.

Guy Goodwin, ONS’s Director of Census, said:

“These statistics paint a picture of society and help us all plan for the future using accurate information at a local level.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg of census statistics. Further rich layers of vital information will be revealed as we publish more detailed data for very local levels over the coming months.”

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Some headline facts of life in London are that:

Passports and country of birth

Top 15 countries of birth

London, 2011, All usual residents

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