Census 2011

Census 20112011 Census: Sunday 27 March 2011


Help tomorrow take shape

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, and about the make-up of local neighbourhoods. The last census took place on Sunday 27 March 2011, when ONS sent out questionnaires for around 25 million households to complete.

The census asked about work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language, religion, marital status and so on. These statistics are then used to build a picture of today’s society.

Why should this matter?

Like all local authorities in England and Wales, West Somerset Council relies on census population statistics to get the government funding we need for public services. How much we get is directly related to how many and what kind of people the census says live in our area. So even if the census were to end up just a few households short, it could make a very real difference to people’s lives. The census needs to include everyone, everywhere – and that’s why everyone has to take part.

Latest Release Details

The estimated population of England and Wales is now available. Census statistics provide a detailed snapshot of the population and its characteristics, and underpin funding allocation to provide public services.

The first release of 2011 Census data provides household estimates, and population estimates by age and sex, for England and Wales and local authorities.

Full details are available from the ONS website.