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 next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021.
Your answers to the census questions will help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in your area, including transport, education and healthcare.
When to complete your census
Every household should complete the census on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after. If you’ve responded before 21 March and things have changed, you can let us know by calling us free. You can find the numbers on our contact us page after 1 March.
The census should take about 10 minutes for the household questions and 10 minutes per person.<h2>The last Census - 2011</h2>
The last census took place in 2011. Many people and organisations used information from the 2011 Census in a variety of ways.
For example, Bristol Borough Council used it to inform decisions on how to fund local housing improvements. It was also essential for the charity Redbridge Council for Voluntary Services to help people from ethnic minority groups learn more about dementia.
To read more about the benefits that information from the 2011 Census helped to create, visit the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website.<h2>The importance of the Census in 2021</h2>
The census gives us information about households across England and Wales.
At the Office for National Statistics (ONS), we’ve 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 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.
For more information click About the census - Census 2021