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Population 1841 - 2011

Population by sex and Census year


YearMalesFemalesBoth sexes
1841 3,222,485 3,306,314 6,528,799
1851 2,494,478 2,617,079 5,111,557
1861 2,169,042 2,233,069 4,402,111
1871 1,992,468 2,060,719 4,053,187
1881 1,912,438 1,957,582 3,870,020
1891 1,728,601 1,740,093 3,468,694
1901 1,610,085 1,611,738 3,221,823
1911 1,589,509 1,550,179 3,139,688
1926 1,506,889 1,465,103 2,971,992
1936 1,520,454 1,447,966 2,968,420
1946 1,494,877 1,460,230 2,955,107
1951 1,506,597 1,453,996 2,960,593
1956 1,462,928 1,435,336 2,898,264
1961 1,416,549 1,401,792 2,818,341
1966 1,449,032 1,434,970 2,884,002
1971 1,495,760 1,482,488 2,978,248
1979 1,693,272 1,674,945 3,368,217
1981 1,729,354 1,714,051 3,443,405
1986 1,769,690 1,770,953 3,540,643
1991 1,753,418 1,772,301 3,525,719
1996 1,800,232 1,825,855 3,626,087
2002 1,946,164 1,971,039 3,917,203
2006 2,121,171 2,118,677 4,239,848
2011 2,272,699 2,315,553 4,588,252