Whitby Census totals
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Before the setting up of Civil Registration in 1837 census returns were just a headcount, and no information on individuals was recorded. After 1837 census information was collected in units of Civil Parishes. The area of the current Whitby Town Council and the previous Whitby Urban District was comprised of three Civil Parishes before they were merged into one in 1925. Consequently, Census returns for Whitby are enumerated in three or four seperate parish returns.

Whitby Parish encompassed each side of the river, Ruswarp Parish stretched westwards from Silver Street and south from Victoria Square, and Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre Parish covered the East Cliff and Spital Bridge as well as Stainsacre and Hawsker. After 1894 the part of Hawsker within Whitby Urban District seperated off as Helredale Parish. In 1925 all three Whitby parishes were merged into Whitby Urban District, and in 1932 another small part of Hawsker was added to form the modern Whitby Town Council area.

Consequently, Whitby census returns are enumerated in three or four seperate parish returns, Whitby, Ruswarp, Hawsker (later Helredale) and Aislaby.

Census TranscriptsParishes includedTranscripts available
 WhitbyRuswarpHelredaleHawskerAislabyTOTAL
Census180110,974
Census181110,275
Census182112,584
Census183111,725
Census184111,682
Census185112,875
Census1861 8,1253,14159011,856 CSV file
Census1871 7,8864,23666512,787 CSV file (sample)
Census1881 8,8204,83974114,400
Census1891 7,5015,09781613,414 CSV filetext full transcripts
Census1901 6,3495,0193877911,834 CSV file
Census1911 5,8974,8314117911,218 CSV filetext household summaries
Census1921 5,8116,1955047912,589
Census193111,451
Census1941 (1939)12,698
Census1951 11,674
Census196111,675
Census197112,237
Census198112,980
Census199113,632
Census200113,594
Census2011 13,570


Authored by J.G.Harston
Last update: 05-Mar-2017