The population of the village
Apparently supporting that evidence are the figures of 200 communicants in 1603, 124 adult males in 1642, around 40 households assessed for hearth tax in the 1660s, and 60 families in 1724. A doubling of the population during the18th century is suggested by the figure of 601 people living as 121 families in 85 houses (an average of 5 persons per family) in 1801, but the natural increase in the following decade was evidently offset by emigration, for while the number of families had increased by 1811 to 136 and that of houses to 124, there were only 614 people (an average of 4.5 persons per family).
From 822 in 1821 the population rose gradually to 1,042 in 1881 before falling slightly; it was back to 1,152 in 1911, and fluctuated near that total until 1951. The population of the area of High Hurst added in 1933 was 15 in 1931. Numbers in the whole parish increased to 1,399 in 1971 but had fallen to 1,259 residents in 1981, all except 75 of them living in private households. In the 2001 census 1,864 people lived in 729 households, of whom 987 were economically active.