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Stepney 1939

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Stepney]

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Area of Borough (in acres)1902.766
Population (Registrar-General's estimate)(a) For Birth Rate197,200
(b) For Death Rate183,600
Number of inhabited houses (end of 1939) according to Rate Books35,846
Rateable value, 31st December, 1939£1,724,313
Sum represented by a penny rate£6,790
Total.Male.Female.Birth Rate per 1,000 of the estimated resident population 12.5
Live BirthsLegitimate2,3731,2631,110
Total Live Births2,4661,3091,157
Still Births794831Rate per 1,000 total (live and still) births 31.0
Total Births2,5451,3571,188
Deaths2,2131,251962Death rate per 1,000 of the estimated resident population 12.05

Deaths from puerperal causes (Headings 29 and 30 of the Kegistrar-General s Short List):—

DeathsRate per 1,000 total births.
No. 29 Puerperal sepsis20.84
No. 30 Other puerperal causes62.51

Death rate of Infants under one year of age :—

All infants per 1,000 live births53.7
Legitimate infants per 1,000 legitimate live births ...49.5
Illegitimate infants per 1,000 illegitimate live births107.5
Deaths from Cancer (all ages)...319
,, „ Measles (all ages)...1
,, ,, Whooping Cough (all ages)...11
„ „ Diarrhoea (under 2 years of age)...19

Population.—The estimate of the Registrar-General to the mid-year 1939
is 197,200 for birth rate and 183,600 for death rate.
Births.—The total number of live births of Stepney residents during the
year was 2,466—1,309 males and 1,157 females—or 153 less than in the
previous year. The birth-rate was 12.5 per 1,000 of the population.
Marriages.—The total number of marriages which took place during the
year was 2,629, or 512 more than in the previous year.
The proportion of persons married was 26.2 per 1,000 of the population.