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Release: 2011 Census, Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for local authorities in the United Kingdom - Part 1

Released: 11 October 2013
  • On census day 27 March 2011, the proportion of the usually resident population in the UK aged 16 and over who were married had decreased from 51 per cent in 2001 to 47 per cent in 2011.

  • In 2011 the majority of UK residents described themselves as belonging to a white ethnic group (87 per cent, 55 million).

  • In 2011, the top three countries of birth of non-UK born residents in the UK were, in descending order, India, Poland and Pakistan.

  • In 2011 over four-fifths (81 per cent) of the UK population described themselves as being in good or very good health.

  • Nearly one in five (18 per cent, 11.4 million) of the UK population reported having a limiting long-term health problem or disability in 2011.  This proportion has remained unchanged since 2001.

  • In 2011, 10 per cent (6.5 million) of usual residents in the UK provided unpaid care.  Of this group over a third (38 per cent, 2.4 million) provided 20 or more hours of unpaid care a week.

  • In 2011, 40 per cent (24.6 million) of usual residents in the UK lived in properties owned with a mortgage or loan.

This release provides the first set of Key and Quick Statistics from the 2011 Censuses of the United Kingdom that describe the size and characteristics of the population of the UK.  It builds on previous releases published for the UK on census population estimates and household size on 17 December 2012, 21 March 2013, and 31 July 2013.

The release combines information already published by each constituent country of the UK and statistics are available for all local authority areas (or equivalent) in the UK. The release consists of a statistical bulletin describing some of the defining characteristics of the UK population on the topics of Population, Ethnic group and country of birth, Health and Housing and accommodation

The release is supported by 8 Key Statistics tables and 15 Quick Statistics tables, each of which provides information about a single census topic or question such as ethnic group or general health.

Further key results on the topics of education, labour market and living arrangements will be published when constituent country data become available. 

ONS is responsible for carrying out the census in England and Wales. Simultaneous but separate censuses took place in Scotland and Northern Ireland. These were run by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). ONS is responsible for the publication of UK statistics (compiling comparable statistics from the UK statistical agencies above). For Scotland-specific enquiries contact NRS.  For Northern Ireland-specific enquiries contact NISRA.

Further information on the methodology and quality assurance processes used to produce 2011 Census estimates is available from the ONS, NRS and NISRA websites for their respective countries.

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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