Crowded London’s most crowded place is Islington

crowd zoom b&WLondon, like most big cities, can feel very crowded but how does the number of people you need to fight your way through on some streets relate to the number of Londoners living in the capital?

Using population data from the Greater London Authority Urbs mapped the city showing the density of residents across each borough.  There is a clear difference, as expected, between inner and outer London.  The amount of housing stock in a neighbourhood and the size of open space are key factors. Islington, one of London’s smaller boroughs, has the highest population density with 151 people per hectare.  Hackney and Tower Hamlets are not far behind.

Popultation density map

The most densely populated ward, (the neighbourhoods within a borough) is Colville ward in Kensington and Chelsea.  This area, which runs south of the Westway down each side of Portobello Road has 214 people per hectare.  The average for London is 55 and for England it is 4.

The borough with the largest number of people is Barnet with 393,000 residents according to GLA estimates for 2015.  Barnet’s population density is below the London average.

Havering and Bromley on the edge of London are the least densley populated boroughs.  The ward with the lowest density is Darwin, site of the the family home of it’s famous namesake. The area in the sourthern part of Bromley has a population density of 1.8 people per hectare and is largely farmland and woodland.

While the City of London is a hive of activity and people from Monday to Friday it has one of the lowest population densities in the capital as just 8000 people live within its square mile.

Soure data

See also:

Is our open space really open?

London drives UK population growth