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2011 Census
2011 Census


Since 1801, every ten years the nation has set aside one day for the census - a count of all people and households. It is the most complete source of information about the population that we have. The latest census was held on Sunday 27 March 2011.

Every effort is made to include everyone, and that is why the census is so important. It is the only survey which provides a detailed picture of the entire population, and is unique because it covers everyone at the same time and asks the same core questions everywhere. This makes it easy to compare different parts of the country.

The information the census provides allows central and local government, health authorities and many other organisations to target their resources more effectively and to plan housing, education, health and transport services for years to come.

In England and Wales, the census is planned and carried out by the Office for National Statistics. Elsewhere in the UK, responsibility lies with the General Register Office for Scotland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.


You can find links to key Census datasets here, along with analysis carried out by the Research and Intelligence Team. The initial anaylsis will be in the form of a briefing note on the data from the first release phase of the 2011 Census results. This will go live on the 16th July

2011 Census Briefing
Headline Figures
Census Population: Quinary Age Bands
Headline Figures: Greater Manchester Comparison Map
Population Proportions: Greater Manchester Comparison Map

Release Schedule

Due to sheer size of the 2011 Census results, the statistics on the main resident population base will be released in four stages.

First release: 16 July 2012
Age and sex, and occupied households estimates for England and for Wales

Second release: November 2012 - February 2013
Key and Quick statistics

Third release: March 2013 - June 2013
Local Characteristics

Fourth release: July 2013 - October 2013
Detailed Characteristics, Theme and Armed Forces


A number of resources have been made available by the ONS that explain the methodologies and outputs of the 2011 Census. You can find these below as well as in the Research Reports section of the site. Alternatively you can go to the ONS Site directly for more information.

2011 Census Prospectus
Geography Prospectus
The Beginner's Guide to Census Population Estimates

Source: Office for National Statistics