Brighton population

 

So far, data below applies to Brighton only

Up to 1800
Beware of spurious accuracy resulting from applying estimated multiplying factors. These are broad estimates only.

         
year population (est) based on multiplier source
1086 c400     Domesday Book, 1086.
1566 c1,100     ??
c1580 >3,000     L Salzman: Victoria County History, 1940.
c1640 2,850 nearly 600 families 4.75 T Cox: Magna Britannia et Hibernia, v, 1730, p510.
1665 1,268 267 houses 4.75 L Salzman: Victoria County History, 1940.
1676 3,340 2,000 of communicant age (?) 1.67 J H Cooper: 'A religious census of Sussex in 1676 in SAC, xlv, 1903, p144
1700 1,400-1,500     L Salzman: Victoria County History, 1940.
1724 2,375 500 families 4.75 WSRO Ep I/26/3: Bishop Bower's Visitation.
1730 <1,900 one third less than c1640 4.75 Cox, 1730.
1744 2,380 454 houses 5.25 J G Bishop: A Peep into the Past: Brighton in 1744-61. Brighton, 1895.
1747 2,150 410 houses 5.25 Bishop, 1895.
1753 2,140 407 houses 5.25 Bishop, 1895.
1761 2,035 400 families 5.0 Anthony Relhan: A Short History of Brighthelmston, 1761, re-edited by J C Michell (Brighton, 1829), p32. Relhan estimated 5/HH +35 in the workhouse.
1770 3,140 598 houses 5.25 [P Dunvan]: Ancient and Modern History of Lewes and Brighthelmston, Lewes, 1795, pp490, 553.
1786 3,620 [local census at the time of a smallpox outbreak]   W A Barron: 'Gleanings from Sussex archives: Brighton and the smallpox' in Sussex County Magazine, xxvi, 1952, p606.
1794 5,669 [local census at the time of a smallpox outbreak] 4.6 [Dunvan], 1795

Source: adapted from J H & S P Farrant: Brighton Before Dr Russell. Brighton: University of Sussex Centre for Continuing Education, 1976; apart from figures from the Victoria County History. Some additional estimates.


Census from 1801

         
year population people/HH people/inhabited HH households
1801 7,339 5.32 5.72 1,282
1811 12,012 4.97 5.78
1821 24,429 5.18 6.19
1831 40,634 4.72 5.21

Source: decennial census


Census totals from 1801 to 2011

             
year population change   year population change
1801 7,339     1911 131,327 +6.4%
1811 12,012 +63.7%   1921 142,430 +8.5%
1821 24,429 +103.4%   1931 147,427 +3.5%
1831 40,634 +66.3%   1941 127,300e -13.7%
1841 46,661 +14.8%   1951 156,486 +22.9%
1851 65,569 +40.5%   1961 163,159 +4.3%
1861 77,693 +18.5%   1971 161,351 -2.0%
1871 90,011 +15.9%   1981 149,400 -7.4%
1881 99,091 +10.1%   1991 153,900 +3.0%
1891 102,716 +3.7%   2001 155,919 +1.3%
1901 123,478 +20.2%   2011* 273,369
*Brighton and Hove

 

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