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Census 2021

Every 10 years the government undertakes a census, which includes a wide range of information on population, health, ethnicity, lone parents, households, and the economic status of residents.

The 2021 Census was conducted mainly online, with households required to fill in the census questionnaire electronically, although paper copies and support were made available on request.

Results will be available in 2022, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

What is the Census?

The census is unique in providing one source of comparable statistics about the population of England and Wales down to local levels.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, except for 1941.

By filling in your census, you'll help make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future for things such as transport, education and healthcare.