Geographically compact according to one report, small in everyone else's language, Islington is home to approx 200,000 people. A borough of marked contrasts - very wealthy and very deprived live in neighbouring streets and sometimes buildings. This is a vibrant and lively part of the world and benefits from a wealth of restaurants, clubs, fringe theatres and community events.
Islington lies to the north of the city centre and is the second smallest London borough but is very densely populated. There is great diversity within Islington with a high population from ethnic minority backgrounds, and although it is statistically one of the most deprived boroughs nationally, it does contain areas of affluence. Islington is home to the vibrant Upper Street, Camden Passage and Chapel Market and the residential areas around Angel tube station have become very popular amongst wealthy young professionals in recent years, pushing up property prices.