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Eight geotag journalists exploring your city. This week: Contrasting London.

London in numbers

By Alex Bath

London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Composed of different religions, ethnicities and wealth, the city is full of different people living on the same streets.

WhereisLondon? Brings some of the facts that define the city. From its place in the nation to the glaring disparities between boroughs, London is a place of contrast, where arrays of different people are living different lives side by side.

Population Ethnicity Brent Harrow Havering Barnet Southwark Haringey Newham

The UKʼs capital is the cog that keeps the rest of the country rolling. The population of the metropolitan area is equal to almost a fifth of the country’s total.

At 607sq miles the focal point of the nation is incredibly densely populated. When you consider that the tiny area is responsible for a fifth of UK’s GDP you can see how vital the packed suburbs of London are for the region’s wellbeing.

London is not just the leading economic force; it is also leading the way as a modern multicultural city.
The capital's white population may still be the dominant ethnicity, but at 69% it is significantly lower than the national average of 88%. The array of nationalities that inhabit the city is clear in every school, office or street corner. People of all races can be found everywhere, but there are visible disparities.
The London Borough of Brent is the most ethnically diverse area. A survey carried out by the Office of National Statistics states that there is 85% chance that any two people in the borough could be of different ethnicities.
The same survey found that in neighbouring Harrow, there is a 62% chance of finding two people coming from different religious backgrounds. This is not to say that every part of London is home to a smorgasbord of ethnicities. Some areas have a far less mixed populous than others.
Havering, Londonʼs easterly Borough only has an 88.2 chance of any two citizens being mixed. This roughly equals the nations average, however, there are also some areas that have a large concentration of one of the city's many groups. Barnet is home to a burgeoning Jewish community. Other Jewish centres can be found in neighbouring Hackney, where a 20,000 strong Orthodox Ashkenazi Jewish community can be found.
The Borough of Southwark is home to the largest Black African population in the country. Of the 253,000 people living in the borough, almost half the community belongs to ethnic minority. In contrast to areas such as Barnet, over 61% of the population define themselves as Christians.
It is not just ethnic and religious groups that are split across the city. Many Londoners are defined by their wealth. There are areas with mixed communities of rich and poor living alongside. Haringey is the most financially diverse of Londonʼs boroughs. Large parts of the community are either enjoying the financial rewards London can offer, or they are struggling with the substandard conditions of Londonʼs poverty stricken underclass.
The polar opposite to those propping up Londonʼs social strata are the residents of Boroughs such as Richmond. All of the 13 wards that make up the area are in the richest 10% of the population.
It is clear that London is home to a diverse population. Just by looking at religion, race and wealth it is clear that there are vast differences across the boroughs. If you consider how many other means people define themselves - straight, gay or lesbian for example - you start to see a complex picture of the city.

Where is London? Who knows.

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