and decreased mortality spelled more new settlements and farms in Central
Finland. There was ample room for new cultivated fields in the province.
In 1840 there were in excess of 2800 farms and 2500 tenant farms in Central
Finland. Jyväskylä had nearly 600 inhabitants at the turn of the 1840s
and 1850s - about 12 % of the people of the rural congregation of Jyväskylä
lived in town.