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London’s Population Rises to Record, Eclipsing Prewar High

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London’s population rose to a record, eclipsing the capital’s previous high set before World War II, with authorities projecting growth of more than a quarter by mid-century.

About 8.63 million people now live in the capital, according to data published today on the website of the Greater London Authority. That compares with the 1939 level of 8.61 million. The war and then social changes as people moved out of the city caused the population to decline to 6.7 million in 1988.