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03 March 2015

Life is better in South London

Talk London have produced a survey of Londoners with over 3,600 people taking part. This paints a positive picture of many aspects of London Life, but particularly in South London.

They provide data divided by area of London and the results in South London stand out in a few areas. Below are a few of the areas where South London stands out. It shows that South Londoners like their local area more than other Londoners like their area - only Central Londoners come close to the 83% satisfaction rate. South London is more than 7 percentage points ahead as a pleasant place to live.

South Londoners feel safer walking in their local areas both during the day and at night, during the day this is up at 95%. They see the best relations between different ethnic and religious communities, and more generally they see local people working together to make the place better.

However, on the issue of roads South Londoners see less improvement and investment than other areas of London. 47% of South Londoners have seen no improvement in roads 'circling outer London' (there was not an options to say it has got worse) and only 10% have seen any reduction in congestion - less than any other part of London (again there was not an option to say it has got worse).

QuestionResponseCentralEastSouthWestNorth
How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your local area as a place to live? Very or Fairly satisfied: 82.1% 69.8% 82.7% 69.5% 72.5%
My local area is a pleasant place to live Agree: 76.3% 69.1% 83.6% 70.3% 74.2%
There are good relations between different ethnic and religious communities in my local area Agree: 51.7% 51.3% 57.1% 51.9% 55.5%
People in my local area work together to improve the neighbourhood Agree: 37.0% 37.3% 41.6% 38.2% 37.7%
How safe do you feel walking alone in your local area during the day Very or quite safe: 90.6% 91.4% 95.1% 88.6% 88.1%
How safe do you feel walking alone in your local area during the evening Very or quite safe: 62.8% 55.2% 69.5% 55.7% 58.5%


QuestionResponseCentralEastSouthWestNorth
Thinking about how you get around London, have you noticed any improvement in roads, and if so how much? - Road routes circling outer London not at all: 27.1% 36.5% 47.5% 41.4% 44.8%
Thinking about how you get around London, have you noticed any improvement in roads, and if so how much? - Road congestion A lot or a little: 14.8% 14.2% 10.4% 15.6% 15.4%

All figures come from the London Datastore.

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