A national census of the population has taken place once a decade since 1801 with a break in 1941 as a result of World War Two. The data from the Census is held by the Office of National Statistics and is available electronically from 1981.

The table below gives population figures for the old Merton, Morden, Mitcham and Wimbledon boundaries that were used before the London Borough of Merton was established in 1965.

Year Merton Morden Mitcham Wimbledon
1801 813 512 3,466 1,591
1811 905 549 4,175 1,914
1821 1,177 638 4,453 2,195
1831 1,447 655 4,387 2,195
1841 1,914 685 4,532 2,630
1851 1,870 628 4,641 2,693
1861 1,822 654 5,078 4,644
1871 2,139 787 6,498 9,087
1881 2,480 694 8,960 15,950
1891 3,360 763 12,127 25,761
1901 4,510 960 14,903 41,652
1911 12,938 1,202 29,606 54,966
1921 16,177 1,355 35,119 61,418
1931 28,609 12,618 56,859 59,524
1941 (no figures
available: World War II)
- - - -
1951 39,313 35,417 67,269 58,141
1961 - 68,011 63,690 57,312

Figures for the London Borough of Merton are available from the 1971

Year

Merton total population estimate

1971 177,324
1981 166,100
1991 168,470
2001 187,908

See also

Contact us

Consultation and Community Engagement Team
Merton Council
Civic Centre
London Road
Morden
SM4 5DX

Email: getinvolved@merton.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8545 3896