Dorset Census

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Historical populations
Census Pop.
1801 114,452
1811 124,718 9.0%
1821 144,930 16.2%
1831 159,385 10.0%
1841 175,274 10.0%
1851 184,380 5.2%
1861 189,015 2.5%
1871 195,774 3.6%
1881 191,028 −2.4%
1891an. 194,568 1.9%
1891ad. 191,992 −1.3%
1901 200,311 4.3%
1911 220,514 10.1%
1921 224,731 1.9%
1931 239,352 6.5%
Note: 1801-1891 Ancient county, 1891-1931 Administrative county
Source: Online Historical Population Reports 1931 Census

In Dorset, as with the rest of England, census records that recorded the names of individuals begin in 1841 and every 10 years thereafter.

Main article: England Census


The earlier 1801 to 1831 census records were mainly statistical. The table shown on the right list the population of Dorset at each census.