In the first half of the 19th Century, the national figures show an increase in population of one third in rural areas, compared to the urban population, which quadrupled in size. Nationally the rural population continued to grow steadily until the 1840's, when there was a steady decline, which has only been offset in comparatively recent times, by the commuting businessman, who is prepared to travel some distance to his place of work.

The population of Dore in 1801 was 375 and in 1851, 574. This shows an increase of 80%, which is well above the national average for a rural area.

A graphical representation shows the increase in population until 1841 followed by an actual decrease by 1 until 1851. From 1871 the rate of increase is very much greater due tin large part to the opening of the railway giving easier access to the city.

Incomplete data was available for the following graph to be reproduced here. The original is available for viewing in the Archives' hard copy of this project.

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From the following graph it can be seen that the township of Upper Hallam, which is a similar distance from the city centre to Dore, shows a similar pattern with the population doubling between 1841 and 1891.

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During the same period, the Ecclesall Bierlow, of which Dore was a part until 1900, increased its population 3.5 times. This was a mixed township with both rural and industrial areas. The more central townships of Brightside and Nether Hallam increase by 6.5 times whereas Attercliffe, the more heavily industrialised area had its population increased 8.5 times.

The only township to show an actual decline was the centre of Sheffield. The rapid increase in population in the 1840's became a comparatively modest increase until the 1880's when there was a decrease in the population.