of the City of Westminster continues to grow at a faster rate than any other
borough in England or Wales. And all this despite a general exodus from the rest of
the capital (see LGCnet).
The most recent figures released, known as the mid year estimate, show the
population of Westminster stands at 244,597 and increase of 12,996 of 5.6% on
the previous years figures.
The population of Westminster has been growing consistently since 1996 however
the 5.6% figure is the largest increase yet. It compares to a national average of
0.5% and a Greater London average 1.2%
Kit Malthouse, deputy leader of Westminster City Council said:
'The growth in population which Westminster has experienced in recent years
continues apace with these latest figures. They show that there continues to be a
magnetic attraction to those who wish to live at the heart of the world's greatest
'At city hall we are committed to maintaining a real living community in the heart of our city. It is this vibrant community with all sorts of different people living cheek by jowl, which is fundamental to the very fabric of our capital.
'These latest figures underline the wisdom of our current policies to manage the
city. In particular it is clear that we must continue to modulate the growth of the
night-time economy. A strong business sector at the heart of the city is vital.
However this must not be allowed to encroach unreasonably on the lives of the
people who live there.
'We welcome the continued growth in population and will continue to work to
maintain a healthy sustainable balance between all those who work, live in and visit Westminster