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Census Information

The census in England and Wales

Census information

A census is a count of all people and households in the country. It provides population statistics from a national to neighbourhood level for government, local authorities, business and communities.
The last census for England and Wales was on 27 March 2011 and involved around 25 million households


Why is the Census important?

The Census is important because it 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.

For the first time central Government will make information freely available to the public on the Internet.


Information on individual people is not released to any organisation.

The confidentiality of personal information is of paramount importance. Disclosure of personal Census information is an offence. The Office for National Statistics have processed the Census forms in secure conditions. Paper copies will be destroyed. Digital images of individual responses will only be made public after 100 years.

Measures are also taken to prevent inadvertent disclosure of information about individuals through the statistical results. For example, information will not be released for areas containing fewer than 100 households.

Changes to the Census

The most recent census of England and Wales took place on 27 March 2011 with a number of new approaches designed to improve census return rates in all areas and with all population groups.

These included:
Wide engagement in the community with the help of local authorities, representatives of target population and accessibility groups and a national publicity campaign post-out of all household questionnaires (around 25 million), based on a newly developed national address register

Population Statistics

You can find detailed information relating to local population statistics and demographic make up by visiting the following page via North Yorkshire County Council website.