Census 2021

Census Day was Sunday 21 March 2021. The online questionnaire is closed but if you haven't yet completed your census, you can still request a paper copy which will be posted to you.

The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society.

By taking part, you will help inform decisions about the services you and your community need, like doctors’ surgeries and new schools.

Taking part in the census is a legal requirement. You could face a fine of up to £1,000 if you don't participate or provide false information.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Any information you share in the census is protected by law and the census only ever publishes anonymous information. Your household cannot be identified.

What happens now

The Census 2021 collection operation was a fantastic success with more than 97% of households in England and Wales completing their questionnaire to make sure they are represented when it comes to provision for local services. 

The information collected is now being reviewed, quality assured and cross-validated. The first results are due for publication in late spring 2022. 

Further information

For more information, please visit the Census 2021 website.

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