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Census 2021

Information about the 2021 census

About the census

Every ten years the Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out a census to find out more about:

  • the people who live in England and Wales
  • the make-up of local neighbourhoods

The last census took place on Sunday 27 March 2011, when ONS sent out questionnaires to around 25 million households.

The census asks about a range of things, including:

  • work
  • health
  • national identity
  • citizenship
  • ethnic background
  • education
  • second homes
  • language
  • religion
  • marital status

This information builds a picture of today’s society.

Why should this matter?

Like all local authorities in England and Wales, the council relies on census population statistics to receive the government funding needed to provide public services.

How much we receive relates to how many and what kind of people the census says live in our area.

Even if the census were to end up just a few households short, it could make a very real difference to our community.

Census 2021

The 2021 census will be mainly digital. Most households will receive a letter containing a unique code that provides access to an online questionnaire.

Some households may receive a paper questionnaire that must be completed and returned to the census office.

The official census day was 21 March 2021. Census Day has now passed but it is not too late to complete the census. Please be aware that if you do not complete the census, you may have to pay a fine of up to £1,000.

Census information

If you would like more information about the census, please visit the Census website.

The statistics will be available from 2020 and published at the Office for National Statistics website.

You can find information about Census 2011 on the Office for National Statistics - 2011 census website page.

Job opportunities

Across England and Wales, approximately 30,000 staff will be hired. If you're interested in applying, please visit the Census - jobs- website.