Initial key statistics from the 2011 Census, carried out on 27th March 2011, have now been released, with more detailed results being made available throughout 2013 and beyond.
- The resident population of Derbyshire on census day was 769,686 an increase of 5 per cent since 2001
- Home ownership levels in Derbyshire have remained above the national average, with fewer homes being owned with a mortgage or loan than in 2001
- In 2011, four out of five (79 per cent, 607,310) Derbyshire residents described themselves as being in good or very good health
- The number of residents who stated that their religion was Christian in 2011 was fewer than in 2001. The size of this group decreased 13 percentage points to 64 per cent (489,668). The size of the group who stated that they had no religious affiliation increased by 13 percentage points from 15 per cent in 2001 to 28 per cent in 2011
- Since 2001, the number of people with Level 4 or above qualifications, eg Bachelor's degree increased by 8 percentage points to 24 per cent
What is the census?
The census is carried out every 10 years by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and is the only time every person and household is counted right across the UK.
In the ten years since the previous national census (March 2001) people have come and gone, families have grown, expectations and lifestyles have altered. As a result, the face of Derbyshire has changed.
The 2011 census is vital in measuring these changes. A number of questions vary with each census for example, questions regarding civil partnerships, second homes and recent migration were included for the first time.
The information it supplies will help decision makers improve and develop public services. Its findings affect everyone.
Results from the 2011 census
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has now released the publishing schedule for 2011 census statistics. The statistics will be published in four stages the first being in July 2012 and the last ending in October 2013.
First release - July 2012
The first set of census statistics has now been released by ONS. This includes estimates of the usual resident population in five-year age bands by gender and occupied households for local authorities, regions and for England and Wales. Please follow the link to the Derbyshire Observatory (opens in a new window) to access the census data and Derbyshire briefing note.
This schedule has been split across three phases, the first phase was published on 11th December 2012 with the remaining two phases to be released by the end of February 2013. These data include Key Statistic (KS), and Quick Statistics (QS) tables. The three phases relate to which geographical level the census data will be released:
Phase 1 - England and Wales, Regions, Unitary and Local Authority, 11 December 2012
Phase 2 - 2011 Wards (as defined at 31 December 2011), Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOA), Lower Layer Super Output Area (LSOA), Output Area (OA) expected 30 January 2013
Phase 3 - Health areas, National Parks (KS only), Parish/Communities, Parliamentary Constituencies, post code sectors (KS only), Welsh Government electoral areas, expected 28 February 2013.
Summary profiles of the census key statistics which were released in the first phase are now available on the Derbyshire Observatory (opens in a new window) with topic-based and additional geographies such as ward level profiles to follow when data are made available by ONS.
Please note that due to recent boundary changes to some areas within Derbyshire, not all 2011 census data area-based profiles will be comparable with the existing census area profiles.
This is scheduled for March 2013 to June 2013, and is again spread across three phases*. This release will include the Local Characteristics (LC) tables.
*same geographies as the second release, except no results are scheduled for National Parks, postcode sectors or Welsh Government electoral areas.
This release will see the most detailed census results and is scheduled for July 2013 to October 2013. This release will include Detailed Characteristics (DC) tables and Armed Forces (AF) tables.
However, due to the level of analysis that can be carried out on these data and to ensure confidentiality, the tables will not be released below ward level and MSOA. Armed Forces data will not be available below local authority level.
A series of further releases are still to be confirmed; these include: migration tables, workplace tables, detailed ethnic/religious group tables and data on alternate population bases.
Census links and more information
If you would like more information about the 2011 Census in Derbyshire, please contact our Census Officer:
Assistant Research Analyst
Tel: 01629 539984
You can also visit the official Office for National Statistics (ONS) 2011 Census website (opens in a new window).
The Release plans for 2011 Census statistics (opens in a new window) page on the ONS website gives the full timetable and prospectus of outputs and further details of the phased releases.