London crams in 10 times as many people as next most packed city

Londoners are living in a city that is ten times more crowded than the next most densely populated region of the county, official figures revealed today. But the level of crowding is even greater in some boroughs with Tower Hamlets and Islington recording the highest population density of any local authority in the country with more than 16,000 people per kilometre each. The London statistics were contained in national figures showing that overall population growth across the UK has slowed to its lowest level since 2004 with only 361,000 people added to the numbers living here over the past year. Unveiling today’s figures, Neil Park, from the Office for National Statistics, said: “The population grew at the slowest rate for 15 years between mid-2018 and mid-2019. Also, the proportion of people aged 65 or over ranges from over 30% in coastal areas such as North Norfolk to less than 8% in parts of central London like Tower Hamlets.”