DDS Entity Definition: R_POP_DENS_H
- Population Density (Persons per Hectare)
- TOT_POP:now *
- Display as:
- Continuous time series
- The population of Britain in 2001 is more than six times the population in 1801,
so the country's overall population density is also six times higher.
This is obvious in the time series for districts, but it makes comparing maps
over time hard.
One problem is that the density bands used in the maps have to change over time, and the
bottom four bands in 1801 all fit into the bottom 2001 band.
Although the mountains of Scotland and Wales still contain few people, rural England
has become much more crowded.
Another problem is that, especially during the 19th century, much of the population
was crowded into quite small urban areas that hardly show up on the maps.
In 1801, the City of London contained over 400 people per hectare, while in 2001
only two local authorities contained over 100 per hectare.
In towns where the main way of getting about was walking, extreme crowding
London's area expanded with the development of cheap trains for 'working
men' in the late 19th century.
Both the bicycle and the bus helped towns spread out, but it was
of course the car which made it possible for large numbers to live
in rural areas, but with urban jobs and lifestyles.
Note that our figures for the area of units as measured in hectares have always
been calculated by us from our boundary maps, while all areas measured in
acres are figures that were listed in census reports.
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