group of people

Oxfordshire contains a diverse and varied population. 

This page provides data and resources about Oxfordshire’s residents and communities based on the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.

For general information about Oxfordshire's population see the population theme page.

Click here to download the JSNA 2019 chapter on population groups and protected characteristics.

note: with the release of Census 2021, many of these characteristics are being update currently. Please check back soon for updated information

The Equality Act


See: 'Population'

By broad age Oxfordshire’s population (2020) was: 132,549 aged 0 to 15, 434,142 aged 16 to 64 and 130,189 aged 65+


 23.2% of Oxfordshire's residents come from non-"white British" backgrounds. This is up from 16.4% at the taking of the last Census in 2011.


60.2% of Oxfordshire's residents are Christian; 27.9% have no religion; 2.4% are Muslim; 0.6% Hindu; 0.5% Buddhist; and 0.9% follow other religions.

Gender identity

  • 558,864 (93.2%) indicated that their gender identity was the same as their sex registered at birth
  • 3,477 (0.6%) indicated that their gender identity was not the same as their sex registered at birth

Marriage and civil partnership

See: 'Households

Census 2021 shows that we have 288,000 residential households in Oxfordshire. On average there are 2.4 people per household.

Pregnancy and Maternity

see: 'JSNA'

Between 2019 and 2021, the number of births in Oxfordshire overall increased by 1% to a total of 7,380


According to Census 2021 there was a total of 105,482 (14.5%) resdients in Oxfordshire who reported that they are disabiled under the Equality Act 


see: 'JSNA'

As of mid-2020 there were 347,569 (49.9%) males and 349,311 (50.1%) females living in Oxfordshire.

Sexual orientation

  • 88.4% of the county identify as straight or heterosexual (526,306)
  • 3.4% of the county did not identify as straight or heterosexual (21,428)

note: The remainder of the county 7.9% did not answer the question.

  • Ethnic groups in Oxfordshire
  • Data on religion in Oxfordshire from the 2011 Census
    Religion graph