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Historical Cornwall Population Statistics

Historical population of Cornwall from 1570 to 2016

Earlier population estimates

Description

The population grew during the Middle Ages Warm Period and peaked in 1348 after which the population decreased by two thirds because of the Black Death. The Middle Ages Warm Period was followed the Little Ice Age.

During the early 1800's there was a devastating collapse in the Cornish economy resulting in a mass emigration called the Cornish Diaspora It is estimated that 250,000 Cornish migrated abroad between 1861 and 1901 with miners making up a large portion. It is estimated that there are approximately six million persons worldwide with Cornish ancestry of which fewer than 10% live in Cornwall.

There are numerous websites where you can view census transcriptions. The highest quality transcription is likely that done by FreeCen. (1841 - 1891 coverage only)

Historical number of marriages in Cornwall

Historical number of births in Cornwall

Historical number of deaths in Cornwall

Natural population growth of Cornwall

Net Migration from Cornwall

The most common occupations in Cornwall between 1813 to 1899

Occupation
Miner
Labourer
Farmer
Fisherman
Mariner
Carpenter
Mason
Blacksmith
Yeoman
Shoemaker

Source: Cornwall baptism records.