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Release: 2011 Census, Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for Electoral Divisions and Output Areas in Wales

Released: 30 January 2013


Emma White

2011 Census

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444972

Categories: Population, Population Estimates, People and Places, Housing and Households, Households, Families, Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Disability and Self-reported Health, Identity, Language, Housing Stock, Children, Education and Skills, Labour Market, People in Work, Hours of Work, Employment, Population Estimates by Age and Sex, Number of Households

Frequency of release: Decennial

Language: English

Geographical coverage: Wales

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

Survey name(s): Census

  • Of those with a main language other than English or Welsh (three per cent, 84,000), 77 per cent (65,000) could speak English or Welsh very well or well.

  • Ninety seven per cent (2.9 million) of usual residents in Wales aged three years and over reported English or Welsh as their main language in 2011.

  • The second most reported main language in Wales was Polish (0.6 per cent, 17,000), followed by Arabic (0.2 per cent, 7,000).

  • The percentage of usual residents living in a one-family married couple household where at least one household member was aged less than 65 decreased from 50 per cent, (1.4 million) in 2001 to 44 per cent (1.3 million) in 2011.

  • The percentage of usual residents residing in a one-family cohabiting couple household where at least one household member was aged less than 65, increased from nine per cent (258,000) in 2001 to 12 per cent (367,000) in 2011.

  • The percentage of the working population, aged 16 to 74, driving a car or van to work in Wales was 67 per cent (919,000) in 2011.

This release 'The Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for electoral divisions and output areas in 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 Wales on 27 March 2011.

The statistical bulletin presents key findings from the additional Quick Statistics tables for Wales, and for statistics on the Welsh language, for unitary authorities in Wales.

The new detailed Quick Statistics tables are provided as reference tables for Wales and for constituent unitary authorities.

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

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 wards and output areas in England and Wales which includes the same Quick Statistics tables for areas in England and Wales, and a statistical bulletin that describes the characteristics of the population of England and Wales and the regions of England.

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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