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Thinking of leaving London? Here's where most end up

World class universities, employment opportunities and the bright lights still draw thousands of people to London each year. But as people's lives, and priorities change many Londoners also choose to leave the capital.

250,000 Londoners left the capital last year Credit: Press Association

Last year, 250,000 Londoners swapped the bright lights for a new life outside the capital. So where did they go, and how old were they? Here are the top ten places for London movers.

  • 1) BIRMINGHAM
  • Number of London leavers: 5,000
  • Average age: 29
Birmingham skyline at dusk Credit: Press Association
  • 2) BRIGHTON AND HOVE
  • Number of London leavers: 4,950
  • Average age: 34
  • 3) ELMBRIDGE
  • Number of London leavers: 4,420
  • Average age: 35
  • 4) EPPING FOREST
  • Number of London leavers: 4,260
  • Average age: 38
  • 5) THURROCK
  • Number of London leavers: 3,760
  • Average age: 32
  • 6) MANCHESTER
  • Number of London leavers: 3,550
  • Average age: 28
Two women walk alongside the Manchester Ship Canal beneath the city's Beetham Tower Credit: Press Association
  • 7) HERTSMERE
  • Number of London leavers: 3.520
  • Average age: 37
  • 8) MEDWAY
  • Number of London leavers: 3,500
  • Average age: 33
  • 9) REIGATE AND BANSTEAD
  • Number of London leavers: 3,370
  • Average age: 37
  • 10) DARTFORD
  • Number of London leavers: 3,360
  • Average age: 34

Source: Hamptons International

London has long been a draw to young people, particularly because of its world class universities, employment opportunities and lure of the bright lights and buzz of an international city.

It is part of the natural life cycle of the capital that households will move out as their priorities change. Many of those leaving London are in their 30s and 40s, in search of more space and a different lifestyle.

These London Leavers aren't cutting ties with the capital though - the average leaver moves just 26 miles and many will maintain their links with the capital, commuting for work and staying close enough to access to the capital's amenities and nightlife.

– Johnny Morris, Head of Research at Hamptons International