A New Benchmark
Key census statistics for local authorities
13 February 2003 sees the second major release of data from the 2001 UK Census, painting a complex picture of the nation and its population, and reflecting the great social changes that have taken place in recent years.
The idea of north-south and urban-rural divides hides the contrasting ways that people experience life in each area of the country. While the population as a whole is ageing, and growth in numbers is greatest in the south and east, Census 2001 shows that local communities, often only a short journey apart, have dramatically different experiences, lifestyles and identities.
The National Statistics Online website carries profiles of all 376 local and unitary authorities in England and Wales, providing an at-a-glance portrait of your local area. The most frequently asked questions on people and places, ethnicity and religion, work, health and housing are answered on a single page.
To put the data in context, ranking tables reveal the highest and lowest percentages in England and Wales overall, and within each Government Office region. You can also view, print and download thematic maps which graphically demonstrate the patterns and concentrations around the country.
If you need more detailed information, Census 2001 data is a key element of the redesigned Neighbourhood Statistics service, giving electronic access to all the figures in the February 2003 release. New and more detailed data, down to small area / ward level, will be added to Neighbourhood Statistics through the spring and summer.
The Office for National Statistics is responsible for the census in England and Wales. Census data for Scotland is also released on 13 February 2003 by the General Register Office for Scotland. Equivalent data for Northern Ireland was released in mid-December 2002 by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.