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July 20, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(3):203-204. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470290049013

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The preliminary census report of the United Kingdom, recently issued, presents some suggestive statistics. Thus, as given in the British Medical Journal, the figures for the total population of England and Wales are 32,526,075. The tendency to urban concentration is shown by the fact that over two-thirds of this population was enumerated in 1122 urban districts, and almost exactly two-thirds, or 21,946,346, in 435 towns of over 10,000 population. Evidently, rural England is badly in the minority. The disproportion must be still further increasing if we are to judge by the percentage of increase in the larger towns, while the smaller show an absolute decrease. Thus, in 472 towns of from 3000 to 10,000 population the decrease during the decade 1891-1901 was 3.51 per cent., and in 215 towns of less than 3000 population it was 12.93 per cent. The sociologic aspects of this concentration of population in cities are

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