London as a leading global city is now on course to have an unprecedented population exceeding 8.6 million that was last recorded in 1939. Reams of fascinating and unusual data exists showcasing demographic trends. We have taken a look at three of our favourite maps courtesy of mappinglondon.co.uk.
Football Tribes of London
This map attempts to reconcile parts of London through the local population allegiances to different clubs within the city. Although not taking into account migratory trends across London it nonetheless provides an interesting snapshot. According to the map Watford FC who after an excellent start to the season are looking to cement their Premier League status, compete for allegiances in the London borough of Hillingdon with Chelsea FC whose woeful start to the season has seen them descend to 16th place. A decade ago Chelsea supporters may have been confined to a small pocket Kensington & Chelsea however due to the clubs success in recent years they have been able to galvanise support from vast swathes of Outer West London boroughs.
Arsenal compete for territory with their fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Since moving from Woolwich in 1913 Arsenals heartland has been in Camden, Islington & Barnet (Barnet FCs support only accounts for a small proportion of the borough), whereas Tottenham occupy vast swathes of Hackney & Haringey. Enfield is a divided borough contested between the two teams.
West Ham United support covers the majority of the London’s East End particularly in Newham where their current stadium is located as well as across Tower Hamlets, Barking, Redbridge & Havering. Their long anticipated move to the 60,000 capacity Olympic Stadium from Upton Park next year will no doubt see their support intensify.
Fulham FC whose past glories may now seem like a distant memory are located in a small yet affluent pocket of Hammersmith, Fulham & Wandsworth. They are in the unenviable position of having Chelsea FC, QPR & AFC Wimbledon as neighbours.
House Prices- A London Catogram
The below was last published back in 2014 & we have been unable to find an updated version since. Never the less the graphic here accurately depicts the disparity in London’s property prices between Prime Inner London boroughs such as RBKC & Westminster and Outer London boroughs such as Barnet & Enfield based on land registry data taking into account median as opposed to mean property prices. The map reduces each London borough to a square, then arranges each square in the approximately correct location in relation to each other. Although an updated 2015 map would still show a wide disparity between Inner & Outer London, when comparing the two you would see significant price growth across Outer London boroughs and a stagnation in prices within RBKC & Westminster.
The World In Tweets
This is a map of geo-located Tweets for the whole world created by Eric Fischer of Mapbox, who collected the data over several years. The place where each tweet is posted from is shown by a green dot where you are able to zoom in and out. There over 6.3 billion tweets on the global interactive map.
Speculating about the maps data from a global perspective, one potential inference is the technology Western societies benefit from has yet to be absorbed by their underdeveloped counterparts within Africa & South East Asia bar a few notable exceptions. Parts of South America, mainly cities such as Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo and Cartagena are key hubs of activity which are rapidly developing. There are also a few bright sparks emerging from the Indian sub-continent which show rapid development. The Mid-Western United States also looks rather bleak, perhaps highlighting the large economic disparity within the United States or perhaps due to it being more sparsely populated than the coastal areas of the country.
Turning to London most activity as expected is focused within Inner London with more activity taking place North of the River Thames and dimming towards Outer London. The major outliers are typically areas of commercial activity with large footfall such as shopping centres and airports along the fringes of the city.