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Domestic population flows

Key points

  • The largest single population movement is from Outer London to the rest of England and Wales
  • There are fewer moves into London from the rest of England and Wales than there are moves the other way
  • There were nearly 340,000 moves within London

Domestic population flows in and out of London


What does this graph show?

There are a considerable amount of moves within London. The diagram above shows the annual population movements between and within Inner and Outer London and the rest of England and Wales. A large number of moves are to boroughs within the same region, with around 107,000 people moving within Inner London and around 93,000 moving within Outer London. But there is also a net internal movement from Inner London to Outer London. Around 84,000 moved from Inner London to Outer London, whilst only 54,000 moved from Outer London to Inner London, a net difference of 30,000 people.

Similarly there is a net movement from London to the rest of England and Wales, driven by Outer London. More people came to Inner London from the rest of England and Wales than left Inner London for England and Wales (around 6,000 more); whilst nearly 47,000 more left Outer London for the rest of England and Wales than arrived from there.

Overall there were around 257,000 moves to or within Inner London, which amounts to around 8% of its population. There were 272,000 moves to or within Outer London, around 6% of its population.

Data used

ONS Internal Migration in Local Authorities in England and Wales, year to mid 2011

NOTE: The data on this page may not be the most recent available because this indicator was not updated in our most recent report, published in October 2015. Nevertheless, we have chosen to keep the page live because it tells an important story about poverty in London, and the general pattern described here is unlikely to have changed significantly.

Indicator last updated: 2 December 2015