London is a global powerhouse that just keeps on growing.
The city is home to 8.4 million people, but that number is expected to grow to 9 million by 2021, and nearly 10 million by 2031.
And, this burgeoning population is younger than the rest of the UK — nearly 66% of Londoners are under the age of 44.
Additionally, London is one of the most diverse cities — there are approximately “50 non-indigenous populations”.
Although London is primarily known as a financial center it has a flourishing tech scene situated in “Silicon Roundabout”.
In 2011, London's buses traveled approximately 302 million miles in service -- that's 12,128 times the circumference of the earth.
In 2011 it is estimated that 'London's buses traveled 486 million km in service' -- which is approximately 302 million miles.
The circumference of the earth is 24,901.55 miles.
Plus: London has one of the largest bus networks in the world. There are 19,500 bus stops and approximately 8,500 buses.
Source: Transport for London
London has 72 billionaires and has the largest number of billionaires of any city. Moscow is in second place with 48 billionaires, and New York is third with 43.
The next three cities with most number of billionaires are San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. The UAE has 37 billionaires.
The shortest distance between two London underground stations is the slightly more than length of 2 football fields, but it costs $US7.26 dollars to travel.
According to the Telegraph, the shortest distance 'between two adjacent stations on the underground network is only 260 metres'. That is 284.339 yards.
It takes only 20 seconds to travel, costs £4.30, which is roughly $US7.25 .
Source: The Telegraph
London's population is greater than the population of Israel and is projected to hit 10 million by 2031.
In 1939, London's population was 8,615,245. That's roughly equal to the population of Austria today, which is 8.474 million.
But the number is expected to rise to 9 million by 2021, and nearly 10 million by 2031.
Source: London Online
The number of people who enter the Waterloo station during the morning rush is equal to the combined undergraduate populations of Texas A&M and Dartmouth.
Waterloo station is the busiest London Underground station. According to the Telegraph, 'during the three-hour morning peak' 57,000 people enter the station.
And that's just a three hour session at one station.
The Shard is currently the tallest building in the EU -- it is over 160 times taller than Prince William.
'The Gherkin' -- a popular London skyscraper -- has been put up for sale. It costs more than 15 Airbus A318's.
85% of the employed population works in the services industry. That's approximately equal to the entire population of Uruguay.
Kate Middleton is credited with boosting the UK economy by £ 1 billion in 2012. That's over 3 times the amount Lebron James is expected to bring in to Cleveland per year.
Lebron James is expected to boost the Cleveland economy by $500 million per year because he is returning to the Cavaliers.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge brought in over three times that amount in 2012 alone because women are spending loads of money hoping to emulate the Duchess' style. (In terms of dollars, that's $US1,687,980,000.)
According to Mirror, Alexandra Richmond, a consumer analyst at Mintel, called the £ 1 billion a 'conservative' estimate.
The most expensive apartment in London, and the world, is approximately equal to the GDP of the country Palau.
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