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Walthamstow 1909

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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As compared with previous years:—


Assuming two tenements as one house, we have for the purpose of
estimating the population to reckon as empty 1,735 houses, and as a
number of those for which plans were passed in 1909 could not be
completed in the mid-year, the total number then occupied could not
exceed 21,914.
Were each of these houses occupied by six persons, a population of
131,484 was possible, but unless the character of the district has much
changed and the number of persons per house is now greater than in
1901, the total population for 1909 did not exceed 129,000.
The following table will help to make clear the foregoing, and shews
how the Ward populations are estimated.
In the High Street Ward I assume that the average number of persons
per house is now 6.6, rather than 6.3 as in Census year, thus increasing
that Ward's population by 1,000, and bringing the total nearer to that
given by the Education Authority.