I apologise if I or someone else has posted this information before:
Book Title: A Digest of the Results of the Census in England and Wales in 1901
Compiled by: William Sanders, and produced under the general supervision of Thomas G Ackland, fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.
Published 1903, by Charles and Edwin Layron, 56 Farringdon Street, London, E.C.
Not less than 177,267 persons were of the age of 80 and upwards at the date of the Census. A very noticeable circumstance is that more women than men survive to advanced ages ; of the 177,267 persons above-mentioned, 107,159 were women. It may be noted too, that a large proportion of those surviving at the older ages are married. Thus, of the women aged 85 and upwards, 3,625 were spinsters, while no less than 26,903 were either wives or widows.
The total number of inhabited houses in England and Wales was 6,260,852, which, compared with 5,451,497, the total for 1891, shows an increase of 14.87 per cent., which is higher than the rate of increase of population during the past ten years, 12.17 percent. The average number of occupants to each inhabited house was 5.20, as compared with 5.32 in 1891, 5.38 in 1881, and 5.33 in 1871. This decline is probably in part the natural result of the decrease in the mean proportion of persons to a family, but may also indicate some tendency to diminution in overcrowding.
For the purposes of local government, England and Wales are divided into "County Boroughs," "Municipal Boroughs," " Urban Districts," and "Rural Districts," and this division was adopted at the last Census.
IX. The Occupations of the People. A laborious part of the Census was that which was concerned with the occupations of the people. The variety of manufactures and industries, the complicated relations existing among the operatives in the production, and, in hundreds of cases, the impossibility of determining the precise nature of the employment from the mere designation, have all combined to make the tabulation a work of immense difficulty. We take from the Census Report of 1881 a few of the "occupations" that appeared on the Schedules, and leave it to the reader to imagine how, without a special knowledge implying an acquaintance with every trade pursued in the country, the Commissioners could possibly classify them.
The abstracting clerks could not, of course, be expected to know the meaning of such names as these, and consequently it was necessary to make a dictionary for their use. Many terms in the work of reference employed at former Censuses had become obsolete, and thousands had sprung up that were entirely new. By assiduous applications to the leading manufacturers, asking for information as to the designations used in all the branches of their industry, a list of nearly 12,000 specific occupations was formed, since augmented at the Census of 1891, and again in 1901.
I am assuming that some of the above occupations were mis-transcriptions - but does anyone have any ideas as to what a 'Whim driver' did?