Londoners leave the capital in record numbers and the city is now the only region in England where more people leave than arrives, official figures show.
The Office for National Statistics data showed that 340,498 people left London in 2018 to live in other parts of the UK, an increase of 11 percent over the previous year.
The departure comes in a time of increasing crime in the capital, with the number of murders to date this year following the murder of a pregnant woman in South London last night.
Londoners leave the capital in record numbers and the city is now the only region in England where more people leave than arrives, show official figures
The Office for National Statistics data showed that 340,498 people left London in 2018 to live in other parts of the UK, an increase of 11 percent over the previous year. Upstairs: a crowded Kings Cross station
The exodus marks the highest percentage of people leaving London since the US began collecting data in 2012.
In the same period, only 237,270 people moved to elsewhere from the UK, meaning that the capital lost a net 103,228 people to other parts of the country.
Only the migration to London from other parts of the world keeps the population stable.
In 2017, 336,010 people left the city, an increase from 291,630 in 2016. And between 2012 – with a departure of 255,140 hours – and 2016, outbound migration increased by 36,490.
For every year since 2012, the southeast was the most popular destination for those who wanted to leave London.
Among the 30-34 year olds there was a net outflow of 30,094 people who left London.
The quiet village of Essendon in Hertfordshire, with many well-kept cottages, is a place that is becoming popular with departing Londoners.
It has a pub, a church, a hall and a school – essential elements of a rural community – and Vannessa McCallum, a local real estate agent told The Guardian that families came from London.
Ms. McCallum said about those arriving: & # 39; People who can't afford a house in London, families who want more space, people shrink.
& # 39; It's such an easy trip to London, so it's very popular. & # 39;
The quiet Hertfordshire village of Essendon (the village church pictured above), with many well-kept houses, is a place that is becoming popular with departing Londoners
The crime rates of the capital can be a factor in the decision of people to move to safer parts of the country.
Since the beginning of the year, 64 murders have been committed in the capital, with the last shocking death taking place last night, when a pregnant woman was stabbed.
Kellymary Fauvrelle, 26, died in Thornton Heath, South London, after being stabbed.
Her baby was rescued by emergency services and remains in a critical condition in the hospital.
And last weekend four people were killed with knives in London within four days, while earlier this week Oasis & front man Liam Gallagher blamed the mayor of London Sadiq Khan for the crime of crime.
He said: & # 39; Every time you & # 39; Waking up in the morning, a 16-year-old boy was pinched to death.
& # 39; I would talk to that mayor – he doesn't seem to be doing a good job, all those kids are being cut and such. & # 39;
The US figures show that large numbers of people leaving the capital opt for places such as Dartford, Epsom, Ewell, Epping Forest, Thurrock and Broxbourne, all located in the southeast.
Especially in Thurrock and Dartford, almost two-thirds of the people who arrived in London in 2018 came.
Neil Park, head of the US population estimation unit, said: & # 39; In the last two years, population growth in the UK has reached the lowest rate since 2004.
& # 39; For the fifth year in a row, net international migration was a greater cause of population change than births and deaths.
& # 39; The overall population adjustment until mid-2018, however, has remained fairly stable as an increase in net international migration has been roughly matched by the least births in more than a decade and the highest number of deaths since the turn of the century. & # 39 ;
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