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2011 Census user guide

This guide contains the information you need in order to understand and use statistics from the 2011 Census in England and Wales.

It will expand over time as the releases become more detailed, and we will keep this page updated with the latest additions.

Currently available:

Table types
  • Describes the four main table types, including thresholds and minimum geographies.

Quality and methods 
  • Includes quality measures, assurance and notes, comparison with other data sources, and methods for statistical disclosure control and coverage assessment and adjustment.

Frequently asked questions 
  • Useful information covering the first releases of 2011 Census statistics.  

  • Provides definitions for over 240 terms used in the preparation and publication of statistics from the 2011 Census in England and Wales.

Comparability over time 
  • Includes the 2001-2011 Census comparator tool, and 2011-2001 Census questionnaire comparability.

Variables and classifications 
  • Information about every variable and dataset and classification used in the 2011 Census outputs.

See also: Beginner's Guide to Geography - a simple tour of the main territorial units used in National Statistics work.


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