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Census

The Census is the largest single survey of the UK population - preparing for the 2021 Census; local statistics, reports and information from the 2011 Census; previous Census statistics.

The Census aims to count all people and households at the same time and, by asking a core set of questions, allow comparison between different areas and different groups of people.

The information from the Census enables central and local government to target resources and plan service provision more effectively.  It also provides a broad range of demographic, social and economic statistics for use by other public services, the business and academic sectors, and the community.

The Census has been carried out on a single nominated day every 10 years since 1801, with just one interruption (during the Second World War) in 1941.  The last Census was held on 27 March 2011, and the next Census will be held on 21 March 2021.  In England and Wales, the Census is currently undertaken by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  Elsewhere in the UK, responsibility lies with National Records of Scotland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

This page contains links to the following:

2021 Census - information and preparations. 

2011 Census:

Local statistics and information from earlier Censuses: 2001 and 1991.

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