Population of London (UK) 1981-2019

The population of the London is estimated to be around 8.96 million people in 2019, an increase of over 2 million people when compared with the early 1980s. Throughout the 1980s the population of the United Kingdom's capital grew at a very slow rate, before accelerating to a much faster rate in the 1990s.

 London to hit the 10 million mark by 2035

  London’s population is expected to continue growing at much the same pace it has been growing since the mid-90s. By 2040, the population of London will be 10.3 million after surpassing the 10 million mark sometime in the mid-2030s. For the United Kingdom as a whole, the population is estimated to reach around 73 million in the same time frame.

What is the UK’s second city?

  London is the UK’s largest city by a significant margin, being almost four times larger than the UK’s second biggest city of Birmingham in the West Midlands. As of 2018, Birmingham had a population of approximately 2.92 million people, only slightly larger than the UK’s third biggest city Manchester, which had 2.81 million inhabitants.

Population of London in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1981 to 2019,

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Release date

June 2020


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

1981 to 2019

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