Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
Forty-first annual report on the health and sanitary condition of the Parish of St. Mary, Islington
Density.—It has often been remarked in previous reports that the
density of the population of Islington is much greater than that of any
of the 33 Great Towns of the country, and in this respect labours
under a distinct disadvantage, because great density and high deathrates
frequently run hand in hand.
At the present time there are 109 persons living on each acre of
the Parish, a number which is far exceeded in the two sub-registration
districts of Islington South-west and Islington South-east, where the
density of population is respectively 132 and 144 persons per acre.
Showing the Area and Density of the several sub-districts and of
Area in Acres.
Persons to an Acre,
Acres to a Person.
From 1841 to 1896 the density of the population has increased
from 18 persons to every acre to 109, or slightly more than six-fold.
1841 the density was 18 persons per acre.
1851 ,, „ 31 „
1861 ,, ,, 50 ,,
1871 „ „ 69 „
1881 „ „ 91 „
1891 „ „ 103 „
1896 „ „ 109 „
At the present time Islington is more densely populated than any
of the 33 great towns, whether taken singly or collectively. This is
seen in the following table in which they are placed in order from the
least to the greatest density.