Census 2021

Census Day will be Sunday 21 March 2021

What is the census?

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. The information you give helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of all of us. It looks at who we are and how we live. There’s no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs.

The census takes place every 10 years.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) delivers the census. It is important that every household in England and Wales takes part to make it accurate.

Moving the census online

The Census is moving to a “digital-first” census. The aim is for as many people as possible to fill their questionnaire in online in 2021. It’s easy to do and can be done on any device. Most people will get a letter with a unique access code on it through the post. All you need to do is enter the code into the website and fill in the questionnaire.  The Office for National Statistics in contact nearer the time to let you know what you need to do.

Find out more about the 2021 Census