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Overview
People born in India have long been one of the principal immigrant communities to Britain, with a wide geographical spread of communities.

There were roughly 466,000 Indian-born people recorded in the 2001 Census, although people with Indian heritage top one million. There are many Indian community hubs - such as London's Southall or Birmingham's Handsworth - but clusters of Indian-born people are also more diffuse.

The relative prosperity and deep roots of India-born people can be seen in a move into more affluent suburbs. However, retirements to the home country are almost certainly playing a part in the community's size.

Concentrations of people born in India
Concentrations of people born in India
Map on right shows country as if areas with roughly equal populations were the same size. So, densely populated London takes up much more space than sparsely populated Scottish Highlands.

At-a-glance
466,416 Indian-born people were living in Britain in 2001, representing a 14% rise over 10 years.

0.82% of the British population was born in India. The proportion in London is 2.41%, followed by 1.43% in the West Midlands.

9,209 people in Leicester's Belgrave area make it the most popular area for Indian-born people a fifth of the local population.

25% more Indian-born people lived in the North East in 2001 than in 1991, making it the region where there was most change in people of Indian origin.


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Distribution of people born in India
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain 409,130 466,416 14.00 0.75 0.82 0.07
 
London 151,592 172,661 13.90 2.27 2.41 0.14
West Midlands 70,452 75,169 6.70 1.37 1.43 0.06
South East 44,873 51,227 14.16 0.60 0.64 0.04
East Midlands 38,888 45,157 16.12 0.98 1.08 0.10
North West 28,298 34,611 22.31 0.42 0.51 0.09
East of England 22,421 25,783 14.99 0.44 0.48 0.04
Yorks & Humber 21,381 25,581 19.64 0.44 0.52 0.08
South West 12,832 14,107 9.94 0.28 0.29 0.01
Scotland 9,001 10,523 16.91 0.18 0.21 0.03
North East 4,930 6,166 25.07 0.19 0.25 0.06
Wales 4,462 5,431 21.72 0.16 0.19 0.03

Most popular areas
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Regions 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Southall W London 13,726 12,995 -5.33 22.44 20.16 -2.28
Belgrave East Midlands 7,764 9,209 18.61 15.77 19.31 3.54
Knighton East Midlands 7,536 8,233 9.25 13.27 15.09 1.82
Heston London 6,545 6,768 3.41 14.23 15.36 1.13
Isleworth London 4,696 6,710 42.89 7.41 9.12 1.71
Handsworth West Midlands 5,893 6,030 2.32 11.33 11.26 -0.07
Greenhill London 4,338 5,648 30.20 7.66 9.64 1.98
Wembley London 4,947 4,910 -0.75 11.10 13.96 2.86
East Ham N London 4,977 4,806 -3.44 11.05 9.61 -1.44
Sudbury London 2,418 4,551 88.21 6.73 9.25 2.52
 
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