Tower Hamlets has fastest-growing population in the UK

Tower Hamlets' population is said to be fastest-growing in the UK.

Tower Hamlets’ population is said to be fastest-growing in the UK                                                      Pic: Wikimedia Commons

A population boom is predicted for Tower Hamlets over the next 10 years, according to a new report which puts the borough as the fastest growing in the country.

Tower Hamlets’ population is estimated to increase by 71,000 people or 25.1 per cent by 2024 – the largest increase in the UK.

The report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) was released on May 25 and projects the population changes across local authorities in the UK over the next 10 years.

Other EastLondonLines boroughs will also be affected. Hackney is also set to see a swell of 16.4 per cent, bringing its population to 306,300.


Croydon and Lewisham will experience less significant population increases than those projected for Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

Croydon’s population will increase by 12.2 per cent and Lewisham’s will increase by 14.4 per cent – approximately 88,000 people between the boroughs.

The population of London as a whole is projected to increase by a massive 13.9 per cent or 1,169,300 people, bringing the capital’s population from 8.5 million to 9.7 million.

Suzie Dunsmith, of the Population Projections Unit, ONS, said: “All regions of England are projected to see an increase in their population size over the next decade, with London, the East of England and South East projected to grow faster than the country as a whole.”

The ONS report is released every two years and takes a series of factors into account; fertility, mortality, migration and the base population for each local authority.

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