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Walthamstow 1902

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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The population of 101,179 comes very near to the estimated
population of the Registrar-General, namely 101,318, arrived at by a
different method, namely, by assuming that the population keeps
growing at the same rate as in the intercensal period 1891-1901.
A correct estimate of the population is very necessary if we are to
place any value on the various birth, death, and infectious sickness
rates of the district and its constituent parts, and as the population of
the various wards are impossible to get at accurately, I will assume that
the populations of the different wards are as follows :—•
St. James St. High St. Hoe St. Wood St. Northern. Total.
23,000 20,000 22,000 16,000 20,000 101,000
This will give a fairly accurate estimate to base the various rates
upon for the different wards.
The St. James Street and High Street Wards have increased but
little during the year, while Hoe Street, Wood Street, and the Northern
Ward especially, have increased very greatly. In one year it is assumed
that the Northern Ward has increased by 4,000, while Wood Street and
Hoe Street districts have increased by nearly 1,000 each.
From the following table the population may be assumed to be made
up according to age, taking as a basis the age distribution as given in
the censes of 1881 and 1891 :—


Number of Houses fit for occupation.Total number of houses occupied.Number in Course of Erection.Assumed Population.Under 5 years of age.Over 5 and under 10.Over 10 under and 15.Over 15 and under 20.Over 20 and under 25.Over 25 and under 35.Over 35 and under 45.Over 45 and under 55.Over 55 and under 65.Over 65 and under 75.|75 years and upwards.
Average death rates. England and Wales.56.825.293.024.355.617.5311.4217.0631.3364.65153.67
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