An overwhelming majority of Londoners say the capital is a good place to live according to a survey for London Councils, the body which represents the capital’s 33 local authorities.
Conducted by Ipsos MORI, the survey found Londoners have a generally positive view of the capital as a whole as well as a strong attachment to their own local area.
82% of Londoners agreed the capital is a good place to live while 77% say they are happy living in their local area.
However a significant minority (30%) say they would like to move from their local area, but simply can’t afford to.
This sentiment is particularly high amongst people living in the social rented sector (43%), those from a minority ethnic background (40%) and families (37% of respondents with children under the age of 16).
But the poll also revealed a gloomier view with two in five respondents saying that London is getting worse as a place to live and 45% saying the economic downturn has had a big impact on the way them and their household.
When asked to name their top three concerns about life in London respondents named crime policing issues (40%), transport (34%) and the economy/cost of living (30%).
Mayor Jules Pipe, chair of London Councils, said: “This poll reinforces our view that London is a fantastic city and a great place to live. But it also shows Londoners’ concerns about the future, and in particular their anxiety around crime, transport and the economy.
“London’s boroughs will continue to work hard to try and improve the everyday lives of Londoners and make sure they feel safe, have the transport infrastructure and job opportunities they need.”