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Release: 2011 Census, Key Statistics for Unitary Authorities in Wales

Released: 11 December 2012


Emma White

2011 Census

Telephone: +44 (0) 1329 444972

Categories: Population, Population Estimates, People and Places, Households, Families, Marriages, Cohabitations, Civil Partnerships and Divorces, Migration, International Migration, Labour Market, Employment, Unemployment, People, Identity, Language

Frequency of release: Decennial

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

Survey name(s): Census

  • The usually resident population of Wales was 3.1 million in 2011, a five per cent increase since 2001. Nearly one in five (18 per cent, 563,000) of residents were aged 65 or over.

  • As was the case in 2001, in 2011 Wales had a higher percentage of residents with a long term health problem or disability, just under a quarter (23 per cent, 696,000), higher than any England region.

  • Fifty eight per cent (1.8 million) of residents of Wales stated Christian as their religion in 2011, a 14 percentage point drop since 2001, a larger decrease than any of the England regions.

  • Almost one third (32 per cent, 983,000) of the population in Wales stated they had no religion in 2011, more than any of the England regions.

  • Nearly two thirds (66 per cent, 2.0 million) of the residents of Wales expressed their national identity as Welsh in 2011. Of these 218,000 also reported that they considered themselves to be British.

  • Thirty per cent (169,000) of usual residents of Wales aged three and over who could speak Welsh (562,000) in 2011 were aged between three and 15 years old.

  • One in four of the usually resident population in Wales aged 16 and over (26 per cent, 651,000) reported having no recognised qualifications in 2011. The second largest qualifications category in Wales in 2011 was Level 4 or above eg Bachelor’s degree or above (24 per cent, 614,000).

This release 'The Key Statistics for unitary authorities in Wales' is the first release of key figures that describe the population of  Wales and add detail to the 2011 Census population estimates published in July 2012.

The statistical bulletin included examines the defining characteristics of the population, who we are, how we live and what we do. The census is unique because it is the only information source that measures these characteristics together across the whole population.

The release includes all Key Statistics tables and selected Quick Statistics tables for Wales and constituent unitary authorities as at census day, 27 March 2011. 

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 for local authorities in England and Wales' which includes the same Key and Quick Statistics tables for areas in England and Wales, and a statistical bulletin that examines the characteristics of the population of England and Wales and the regions of England.

Key and Quick Statistics tables for Output Areas (OAs) and for wards geography will be published on 30 January 2013. Further short stories will be published with this and subsequent releases, covering families, general health and disability, unpaid care, language, occupation and industry, qualifications and economic activity.

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 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 Definitions and supporting information.

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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