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Living vs Working

Where Londoners live, and where Londoners work, are two different things.
Which areas of the city gain and lose population in working hours?

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A tale of two cities

North London vs South London

Coca-Cola or Pepsi? Beatles or Rolling Stones? Android or iPhone? North or south London? Life is defined by choices like these. Britain’s capital is naturally divided by the Thames and both sides have developed their own personalities. The individual characteristics of the of the capital’s north-south divide is reflected in the behaviour of its inhabitants.

Hayes and Harlington

It’s not all about central London

If we have a look closer at the wards forming Hayes and Harlington we can confirm that Heathrow Airport is the real driving force of daily population change within this constituency. There are 56,472 people in surrounding Heathrow villages during the day – that’s a 363% increase compared to the usual number of residents. The airport has turned Hayes and Harlington in the most active and lively constituency in outer London.

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Daytime Drain Streatham

There are parts of London which remain quiet (and empty) during working hours. We could mention Lewisham, Mitcham or other areas in the south, but the best example is Streatham which loses 30% of its resident population daily.


You could fill a stadium with the people who leave Streatham

There are more than 115,000 people regularly living in the constituency of Streatham but only a fraction of this number stay there during the day. In working hours, there are almost 35,000 fewer people in Streatham than the actual number of residents. This number is enough to fill the Boleyn Ground - West Ham’s stadium.

Differences within Streatham

Like all the other constituencies we’ve analysed, different wards in Streatham loses different population percentages during the working hours. Some of them lose a lot more than others. Residential areas like Thornton, Tulse Hill or Streatham Hill have less people working in them than wards like Brixton Hill.