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What is the
census?

The next census is taking place on Sunday 21 March 2021. 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. This helps to plan and fund public services in your area.

There’s no other survey that gives as much detail about us and the society we live in.

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The census is the most complete source of information about our population. Held every 10 years, it’s been giving a detailed picture of our society since 1801. We ran our last census in 2011 and we’re now getting ready for the next one in 2021. The information we receive is vitally important to local authorities and community groups, as well as to the government, businesses and academics.

Census data helps these groups to understand the needs of our society, now and in the future. It also helps with planning and resource allocation, while providing a snapshot for future generations to look back on.

By spreading the word and taking part in the census, you’ll help make sure your community is counted and gets the services it needs.

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Access local census data with Nomis

You can personalise your lessons with local data from past censuses. To explore and download this data you can use ONS’s database website, Nomis. You can then generate colourful pie charts and bar charts with our free chart generation tool.

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