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Release: 2011 Census, Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for Wards and Output Areas in England and Wales

Released: 30 January 2013


Emma White

2011 Census

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444972

Categories: Population, Population Estimates, People and Places, Households, People, Identity, Language, Housing and Households, Housing Stock, Children, Education and Skills, Labour Market, People in Work, Employment, Hours of Work, People not in Work, Economic Inactivity, Unemployment, Families, Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Disability and Self-reported Health

Frequency of release: Decennial

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County, Output Area, Ward and Electoral District

Survey name(s): Census

  • Ninety two per cent (49.8 million) of usual residents aged three years and over spoke English (English or Welsh in Wales) as their main language.

  • Of the eight per cent (4.2 million) of usual residents aged three years and over with a main language other than English, 79 per cent (3.3 million) could speak English very well or well.

  • In 2011, less than half a per cent (138,000) of all usual residents aged three years and over could not speak English.

  • The second most reported main language was Polish (one per cent, 546,000), followed by Panjabi (half of one per cent, 273,000) and Urdu (half of one per cent, 269,000).

  • The percentage of usual residents in households who were part of a one family married couple household, where at least one household member was aged under 65 years, decreased by six percentage points from 50 per cent (25.3 million) in 2001 to 44 per cent (24.4 million) in 2011.

  • The percentage of usual residents in households who were part of a one family cohabiting couple household, where at least one household member was aged under 65 years, increased by two percentage points from ten per cent (4.9 million) in 2001 to 12 per cent (6.5 million) in 2011.

  • In 2011, the majority of 16 to 74 year olds in employment travelled to work by driving a car or van (58 per cent, 15.3 million). The second most reported method of travel to work for 16 to 74 year olds in employment was by foot (11 per cent, 2.8 million), whilst the third was travel by bus, minibus or coach (seven per cent, 1.9 million).

NOTE: Data at ward, output area, parish and parliamentary constituency level are available from the Neighbourhood Statistics service. This applies to all topics bar extended ethnic group tables and the extended religion table. For these, and all higher level areas, see the 95 reference tables on this website.

This release 'The Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for wards and output areas in England and Wales' follows that of the Key Statistics on 11 December 2012 and contains more detailed geographical breakdowns of those tables and new, detailed Quick Statistics tables for some characteristics of the people living in England and Wales on 27 March 2011.

The statistical bulletin presents key findings from the additional Quick Statistics tables for regions in England and for Wales.

The new detailed Quick Statistics tables are provided as reference tables for England and Wales and for constituent regions, counties, London boroughs, districts and unitary authorities. Three of these detailed tables, for Ethnic group and for Religion, are also included for wards and output areas.

The other Quick Statistics tables in this release, and the Key and Quick Statistics that were released for local authorities 11 December 2012, are now available for wards, output areas, parishes/communities and parliamentary constituencies via the Neighbourhood Statistics service.

More detailed analyses of the census estimates are provided for three topics; families, general health and disability. Analysis of ethnicity, international migrants and religion were published alongside the 11 December release. Further analyses will be published during 2013.

In addition to the tables and commentary included, interactive data visualisations are also available to help interpretation of the results.

This release is published alongside the Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for electoral divisions and output areas in Wales which includes the same Quick Statistics tables for areas in Wales, and a statistical bulletin that describes the characteristics of the population of Wales.

During 2013 ONS will release cross tabulations between characteristics, such as by age or ethnicity. This will provide an even richer and more valuable data source for the many users of the census. Further analyses will also be published later in 2013.

Further information about the census estimates, including details about the methodology used and information about how other population sub-groups are counted and defined, is available in the in the 2011 Census user guide.

Further information on the fitness for purpose of the statistics in this release can be found in the Quality and Methodology Information paper. (157.6 Kb Pdf)

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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