The Registrar-General estimated that our mid-year population for
1904 was 111,282. He assumes that the rate of growth of the district
as shown in the intercensal period 1891-1901 has been maintained
during the years 19'! 1-4 ; the proportion of occupied to unoccupied
houses remaining fairly constant.
I fear this assumption is not correct. Neither has the rate of growth
been maintained, nor is there that proportionate amount of occupied to
unoccupied houses as existed at the last Census, and only by enumeration
as in Census years can a correct population be given ; but we have
other data to guide us in arriving at a fairly accurate estimate.
In April, the Education Committee had a Census taken in the
various Wards, of houses occupied, unoccupied, and in course of
erection, and assuming six persons per house, came to the conclusion
that the population of the district was 120,978, This estimate in my
opinion is unduly exaggerated.