London Overtakes New York in Most International City League Table



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Foreign-born Londoner percentage heads towards 40%, new census figures show
London Overtakes New York in Most International City League Table. Photo by Ant

NEARLY forty per cent of Londoners were born outside of the UK, according to new census figures released today, up from just over a quarter a decade ago.

Unsurprisingly, those figures mean London is easily the most international of the UK's areas. The national average is 13.4%.

The new figures, recorded in the 2011 census, show that 36.7% of Londoners were born abroad, compared to 27.1% in the previous census in 2001.

That leap forward takes London above New York (36%) in the foreign-born inhabitants stakes, but London is still outside the world top ten. Dubai is top with 82%.

In terms of ethnicity, the proportion of those describing themselves as white-British on the census form has dropped from 58% in 2001 to 45% in 2011. Add in other white categories and the white-Londoner proportion reaches 59.8%.

Other capital highlights of the census report include a look at housing in London, where it is revealed that home ownership has fallen by 12% over the decade, while rentals are up 60%. In inner London boroughs, there are now more households paying rent – 29.2% - than paying down a mortgage or who own their home outright – 19.4%.

Find all the census info at the official site




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