Age & Sex Structure in approximate 10 year bands

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Data for 1939 Sex
Age in mainly 10-year bands to age 65 Male Female
Aged under 4¾ 57,228 Show data context 55,185 Show data context
5 to 14¾ 120,217 Show data context 118,352 Show data context
15 to 19¾ 65,930 Show data context 69,819 Show data context
20 to 24¾ 51,286 Show data context 58,306 Show data context
25 to 34¾ 120,926 Show data context 127,489 Show data context
35 to 44¾ 104,622 Show data context 111,156 Show data context
45 to 54¾ 80,979 Show data context 90,305 Show data context
55 to 64¾ 65,837 Show data context 71,774 Show data context
65 & up 51,020 Show data context 62,045 Show data context
Date: Source:
1939 1939 National Registration of United Kingdom and Isle of Man, Population summary, Table 3 A, 'Population by Sex and Year of Birth (and Age) in Great Britain and the Isle of Man. England and Wales - Counties, Boroughs, Urban and Rural Districts'

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The 1939 National Registration tabulated age and gender structure using a greatly simplified nine-way classification of ages. The introduction to the report states that this was to aid the enumerators who were doing much of the analysis before sending the completed forms to the Registrar General. Again to simplify the forms, people were asked to state their year of birth rather than their age. The fractions in the age bands occurred because "In consequence of these procedure restrictions, the number of groups iden...

tified ... is limited to nine in respect of each sex and being calendar year of birth groups, they do not correspond with integral years of age owing to the fact that the enumeration took place at the end of the third quarter of 1939." The data are for the civilian population only; at this date, the armed services were almost all male, and under 45. An estimated 1,010,000 were in the services in Great Britain, of whom 900,000 were in England and Wales.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Staffordshire AdmC through time | Population Statistics | Age & Sex Structure in approximate 10 year bands, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 19th July 2024