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Census 2021

Get prepared for Census 2021 on Sunday 21 March.

What is the census?

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. The census is unique. There’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in.

All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. 

Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this. By taking part, you’ll be helping make sure you and your community get the services needed now and in the future.

What is the importance of the census in 2021?

The census gives us information about households across England and Wales.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have used past census information to help us understand how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected people in different ways.

Census 2021 will give us all fresh information to improve our understanding of the pandemic. It will also help to make sure that the services you use meet the needs of our changing society. This could include hospitals, schools, universities and job centres.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021 and will continue to happen on that date.

When is Census Day?

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021.

Where can I find out more about the census?

You can find out everything you need to know from the Office of National Statistics Census 2021 website:

ONS Census 2021 (external website)

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