The 2011 Census took place on Sunday 27 March 2011, and the results are now being gradually released for the Oxford area and for small areas within Oxford. These webpages will be updated with information from the Census over the coming months.
This presentation, given in March 2013, outlines the key headlines for Oxford so far.
What the 2011 Census tells us about Oxford
(March 2013; 964kB PDF)
Future releases of data will include breakdowns of the data by population characteristics such as age and sex. Following that will be data on migration, travelling patterns and workplace-based statistics. Release plans for 2011 Census statistics
You can find source data, quality assurance information and methodology papers from the 2011 Census on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website.
Accessing data from the Census
Selected data from the 2011 Census is published on our Statistics About Oxford webpages, much of which was originally downloaded from the ONS Nomis website. There is an excellent query tool on Nomis which allows users to select the data and the geographic area which is required.
Statistics from previous censuses
You can read this short document which describes how Oxford has changed since the first Census in 1801.
A view of Oxford through the Censuses, from 1801 to 2001 (13kB PDF)
You can also find out how Oxford or other places in England and Wales have changed over the years by visiting the Neighbourhood Statistics website. Use the neighbourhood summary box to see how your area shapes up.
You can view some historical census returns including ones from Charlotte Bronte, Sir Winston Churchill and Karl Marx on the Census Hall of Fame website.
The government has signalled its intention that the 2011 Census will be the last traditional Census of its kind. The Office for National Statistics has set up a project called Beyond 2011 which is looking at the non-Census options for producing accurate estimates of the population and its characteristics.
A decision on the future replacement of the Census is due to be made by Parliament in 2014. More information about the Beyond 2011 project, including progress updates and research reports, is available on the Office for National Statistics website.