Atlas of Urban Expansion

London
United Kingdom
Region: Europe and Japan
2013 Population
11,197,941
2013 Urban Extent
250,771
hectares
2013 Density
45
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of London in 2013 was 11,197,941, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.1% since 2000. The population of London in 2000 was 9,735,667, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.2% since 1989, when its population was 8,520,935.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of London in 2013 was 250,771 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.2% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 242,954 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.9% since 2000, when its urban extent was 197,355 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in London in 2013 was 63 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.6% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 58 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1% since 1989 when the built-up area density was 64.8 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in London in 2013 was 45 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.8% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 40 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.7% since 1989 when the urban extent density was 43 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 9,911 hectares of built-up area was added to the London urban extent between 2000 and 2013. Of that added built-up area, 66% was Infill, 6% was Extension, 5% was Leapfrog, and 23% was Inclusion. A total of 35,875 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1989 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 40% was Infill, 15% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 44% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the London 1990-2014 expansion area was 7.56 meters, compared to 8.26 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in London occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 18%, compared to 22% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in London's 1990-2014 expansion was 1.39 km/km2, compared to 2.21 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in London's 1990-2014 expansion area was 78%, compared to 98% in the pre-1990 area.

1989-2000  2000-2013
1989-2000  2000-2013
1989-2000  2000-2013

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in London's 1990-2014 expansion area was 3.25 hectares, compared to 4.86 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1989-2000  2000-2013