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Islington 1896

Forty-first annual report on the health and sanitary condition of the Parish of St. Mary, Islington

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Taking the new population as the basis of calculation, it is
estimated there were 337,661 persons living in the Parish at the middle
of the year. Previous to the March census the Registrar-General,
basing his calculations on the censuses of 1881 and 1891, assumed that
the population would have reached 340,010. It was, however, found
that this latter figure was incorrect, for the estimate on the revised
basis did not reach this number by 2,349.
Estimate on basis of censuses 1881 and 1891 340,010
„ „ „ 1891 and 1896 337,661
Overestimate 2,349
In the last enumeration it was ascertained that the increase in the
intercural period (5 years) had been the smallest on record, being only
5.5 per cent., equal to a decennial increase of 11.0 per cent., and in
this view the following comparative figures are very interesting.

Table I.

Census Years.Populations.Actual Increase.Increase per cent.Natural Increase (excess of Births over Deaths).
1896 (5 years)336,76417,6215.519,230

In all probability this diminution in the increase will continue
until the time, which cannot be far distant, when, as in other parts of
the Metropolis, fully built on, a positive decrease will occur.