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Understanding the Nineteenth-Century Census

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section 6 exercise: historical analysis of aspects of the nineteenth-century census

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Data derived from M. Anderson et al., National Sample from the 1851 Census of Great Britain [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: The Data Archive [distributor], 1979. SN: 1316

1. Households

a. How many households are there in the Gorbals tables for 1851 and 1881 respectively?

b. What is the average household size in Gorbals for 1851 and 1881?

c. How many households are there in Sandyford for 1851 and 1881 respectively?

d. What is the average household size in Sandyford for 1851 and 1881?

e. The average household sizes for middle class Sandyford are greater in both 1851 and 1881 than for the working class Gorbals district. How might you account for this unexpected difference?

f. What is the average household size in the Preston 1851 sample?

g. How does the average household size in the Preston sample compare with the average figure for Preston as a whole of 6.2 recorded in the 1851 census?

This exercise is continued on the following page

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