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2011 Census

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  • The 2011 Census took place on Sunday 27 March 2011.  A large number of statistics from the Census have now been released, covering topics including population, housing, health and economic activity.  
  • These webpages will be updated with information from the Census over the coming months. 
  • The quickest way to discover what information is available is to visit the Census Table Finder on the Nomis website. 


Accessing data from the Census

The Census provides a very rich source of information about the population.  Topics include:

  • Population & household counts, age & sex
  • Ethnic group, country of birth, year of arrival in UK, language
  • Housing: tenure, overcrowding, type of dwelling, number of rooms, household composition
  • Economic activity: industry, occupation, qualifications, employment, economic inactivity, students
  • Health: disability, self-reported health, caring
  • Transport: car ownership, mode and place of travel to work


All of this information can be broken down by age and sex, a wide range of other characteristics (e.g. disability by ethnic group) and for small areas within the city (down to the over 400 Output Areas in Oxford).  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 tool on Nomis which allows users to select the data and the geographic area which is required.

Alternative sources are the Neighbourhood Statistics and Office for National Statistics websites.  The Office for National Statistics have also developed some interactive maps and charts and detailed analysis of the Census stories.


Statistics from previous censuses

You can read this short document which describes how Oxford has changed since the first Census in 1801.

PDF icon A view of Oxford through the Censuses, from 1801 to 2001 (13kB PDF)

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.


Will 2011 be the last Census?

The Office for National Statistics is currently consulting on two options for producing future population statistics.  Option one is similar to the current system – a census once every ten years, albeit conducted primarily online.  Option two is to produce more regular, but less precise statistics by means of government administrative data (e.g. tax and health records) plus an annual survey which would produce statistics every year.  The choice comes down to more detailed statistics or more frequent statistics.

PDF icon Which kind of information is most valuable? (63kB PDF)

PDF icon What's the future for the Census? (Dec 2013 presentation; 1.2MB PDF)

The consultation closes on December 13th.  The UK Statistics Authority will then make a recommendation to Parliament, who will make the final decision in 2014.  More information about the Beyond 2011 project, including progress updates and research reports, is available on the Office for National Statistics website.




Page last reviewed 6 December 2013


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