What is the Census?
The census in the UK is an essential survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all people and households in the country. It is the largest survey in the country.
It’s the most complete source of information about our population that we have, and provides an incredibly detailed picture of our society.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for planning and running the census in England and Wales.
When does the Census happen?
The census is held every 10 years. The last census was held in 2011 and the next one is due in 2021.
Why is the Census important?
In a nutshell, there’s no other survey that gives as much detail about us and the society we live in.
The information the census gives is vitally important to a lot of different people and organisations. These include local authorities and community groups in your area and nationwide, as well as the government, businesses, academics and genealogists.
Census data help these groups to understand our society and – in doing so – to help us. They use the information to find out what our needs are, and what those needs are likely to be in the future, to help with planning and resource allocation.
The census also provides a snapshot of how we live for future generations to look back on.
The 2011 Census took place on 27th March 2011. This resulted in a comprehensive set of data on a whole range of population characteristics and subject areas. To access the data, please refer to the Nomis – Census Statistics website.
The 2011 Census – St. Helens Key Statistics Summary Report sets out some of the key statistics by theme, including key messages and implications locally for the data.