London will join Moscow as the only other European city with more than nine million residents



Office for National Statistics :
London is on course to join Moscow as the only other European city with more than nine million residents. The number of people living in London is expected to grow by more than a million people in less than 10 years. Its population will reach more than nine million by 2020 - an increase of 14 per cent in a decade - pushed up by immigration and rising birthrates. And in a further decade London will be home to more than 10 million people as it continues to draw in migrants and generate young families.
The scale of the population growth that the nation’s capital can expect was set out by the Office for National Statistics in new regional population projections.
At present no city in Europe except Moscow has more than nine million people. Only 11 in the world have more than 10 million, all of them in Asia except Sao Paulo in Brazil.
London, with a headcount in 2010 of just under eight million people, is currently around the same size as Lagos in Nigeria and has around 200,000 fewer people than New York.


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