What is the census?
The census is an estimate of the population and an analysis of its characteristics that is carried out every ten years. In England and Wales the census is carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Everyone is asked the same set of questions on the same day, and our answers – which are kept confidential, as you can read below - create a ‘snapshot’ of the population as it looks on that day.
When was the last census?
The last census took place on Sunday 27 March 2011.
Why does it happen?
The results of the census are used to plan services like transport, housing, healthcare and education.
Why does it matter?
The amount of money North Lincolnshire Council has to spend on services over the next ten years is directly influenced by how many people are counted in the area, and the information government gets on the needs of our many residents and communities.
ONS estimates that each person counted in the census is worth £5,000 to the Local Authority over ten years. This means that an undercount of just 100 people could mean North Lincolnshire misses out on £500,000 worth of funding. That means there is a direct impact between how much information communities provide and the amount of funding North Lincolnshire gets to support them in future.
Where can I see the results?
You can view all census results on the North Lincolnshire Data Observatory.
The North Lincolnshire Data Observatory is an online resource providing easy access to data on a wide range of subjects collected from national and local data sources.
The North Lincolnshire Data Observatory is constantly updated as the Census data is released.