Insight brings you access to the 2011 Census data.
Censuses are carried out to provide information on housing and population, which government needs to develop policies, and to plan and run public services such as health and education. The data collected is also widely used by academics, businesses, voluntary organisations and the public. The data a Census provides is unique as it describes society as a whole.
Due to the volume of data collected, it takes some time for the Office for National Statistics to process and release the data. A quick guide to the release schedule currently proposed by the ONS is:
- 1st release July 2012: population estimates for England and Wales, down to local-authority geographies
- 2nd release December 2012 to February 2013 (multiple phases): Key and Quick statistics across a range of themes, down to very small areas.
- 3rd release March 2013 to June 2013 (multiple phases): Local Characteristics, down to very small areas.
- 4th release June 2013 to October 2013: remaining data.
More information on the 2011 Census, including detailed release schedules, is available from the Office for National Statistics 2011 Census page.
To begin, check our list of publications on Census data, or check out our interactive maps.