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Appendix 8 Statistical Compendium: Table 1 Population of Urban and Rural Areas 1971 - 1991

Area Population 1971 Population 1981 Population 1991 Change 1971-1981 Change 1981-1991 Change 1971-1991
Belfast Urban Area (a)
  • 599,700
  • 39.0 %
  • 507,900
  • 33.1 %
  • 476,000
  • 30.2 %
  • (91,800)
  • -15.3 %
  • (31,900)
  • -6.3 %
  • (123,700)
  • -20.6 %
District Towns (b)
  • 406,900
  • 26.5 %
  • 470,300
  • 30.7 %
  • 490,900
  • 31.1 %
  • 63,400
  • 15.6 %
  • 20,600
  • 4.4 %
  • 84,000
  • 20.6 %
Rural Areas (c)
  • 529,000
  • 34.5 %
  • 554,000
  • 36.2 %
  • 611,000
  • 38.7 %
  • 24,500
  • 4.6 %
  • 57,000
  • 10.3 %
  • 81,500
  • 15.4 %
Rural Towns (d)
  • 101,200
  • 6.6 %
  • 127,700
  • 8.3 %
  • 166,100
  • 10.5 %
  • 26,500
  • 26.2 %
  • 38,400
  • 30.1 %
  • 64,900
  • 64.1 %
Small Settlements (e)
  • 87,400
  • 5.7 %
  • 87,800
  • 5.7 %
  • 85,400
  • 5.4 %
  • 400
  • 0.5 %
  • (2,400)
  • -2.7 %
  • (2,000)
  • -2.3 %
Countryside (f)
  • 340,900
  • 22.2 %
  • 338,500
  • 22.1 %
  • 359,500
  • 22.8 %
  • (2,400)
  • -0.7 %
  • 21,000
  • 6.2 %
  • 18,600
  • 5.5 %
Total 1,536,100 1,532,200 1,577,900 (3,900) 45,700 41,800
Definition:
  1. The city of Belfast and the built up area adjoining it.
  2. The main town in each local government District outside the Belfast Urban Area
  3. All of Northern Ireland outside the Belfast Urban area and the District Towns.
  4. Non-District towns with a population over 1000
  5. Settlements with a population in the range 100 to 1000
  6. All of Northern Ireland outside towns and small aettlements
Source: Census of Population 1971,1981 (as subsequently adjusted) and 1991. Ward based data used for (a) and (b), grid square data used for (d) and (e).
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