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.
The census rehearsal
The census rehearsal will help us make sure our processes, systems and services are running smoothly and ready for the real thing. It will take place in October 2019. We’ve chosen four different local authority areas in England and Wales – Carlisle, Ceredigion, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, which together represent a good cross-section of the country.
It’s a mix of urban and rural locations, a variety of ethnic groups, different levels of internet and mobile connectivity, as well as areas with student populations and second homes.