Census 2021

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.

Census day will be on Sunday 21 March, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March. It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity.

The information the census collects underpins decisions on planning and provision of public services, including transport, education and healthcare. Getting the best possible response rate for the census in your area will make sure that decisions for your local authority area are based on accurate, high-quality data.

People will also be able to request paper copies and different languages.

If you have family or neighbours who do not have internet access or skills, please do your bit by letting them know about the forthcoming census and finding out if they need help to complete.

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Census 2021