Census

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The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. It gives so much detail about us and the society we live in, and helps local authorities, charities, schools, healthcare providers and many other the right information to plan services properly.

The Census 2021 is now complete. Results will be available to the public within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

The Census 2021 was the first Census to be run predominantly online, with households receiving a unique access code, allowing you to complete the questionnaire on a computer, phone or tablet.

The census includes questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

You can find out more on the Census website.