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Release: 2011 Census, Key Statistics for Local Authorities in England and Wales

Released: 11 December 2012


Emma White

2011 Census

Telephone: +44(0)1329 444972

Categories: Population, Population Estimates, Population Estimates by Age and Sex, People and Places, Households, Number of Households

Frequency of release: Decennial

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

Survey name(s): Census

  • The resident population of England and Wales on the 27 March 2011 was 56.1 million, a seven per cent (3.7 million) increase since 2001 with 55 per cent (2.1 million) of this increase being due to migration. One in six people were aged 65 or over (16 per cent, 9.2 million).

  • In 2011, four out of every five (81 per cent, 45.5 million) residents of England and Wales described themselves as being in good or very good health.

  • The number of residents who stated that their religion was Christian in 2011 was fewer than in 2001. The size of this group decreased 13 percentage points to 59 per cent (33.2 million) in 2011 from 72 per cent (37.3 million) in 2001. The size of the group who stated that they had no religious affiliation increased by 10 percentage points from 15 per cent (7.7 million) in 2001 to 25 per cent (14.1 million) in 2011.

  • Of the 13 per cent (7.5 million) of residents of England and Wales on 27 March 2011 who were born outside of the UK, just over half (3.8 million) arrived in the last 10 years.

  • The number of cars and vans available for use by households in England and Wales increased from 23.9 million to 27.3 million between 2001 and 2011. In 2001 there were on average 11 cars per 10 households whereas in 2011 there were 12 cars per 10 households. The proportion of households with access to no cars or one car declined over the decade whereas the proportion with two or more cars rose. London was the only region where the number of cars and vans was lower than the number of households.

  • In 2011 there were more people with Level 4 or above qualifications, eg Bachelor’s degree (27 per cent, 12.4 million), than people with no qualifications (23 per cent, 10.3 million).

This release 'The Key Statistics for local authorities in England and Wales' is the first release of key figures that describe the population of England and Wales and add detail to the 2011 Census population estimates published 16 July 2012.

The statistical bulletin decribes 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 England and Wales and constituent regions, counties, London boroughs, districts and unitary authorities as at census day, 27 March 2011.

More detailed analyses of the census estimates are provided for some topics in four 'short stories'. Three present analyses of international migration, ethnicity and religion. The fourth is a report on how the 2011 Census labour market statistics differ from those estimated from the Labour Force Survey at the national, regional and local authority level.

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 unitary authorities in Wales which includes the same Key and Quick Statistics tables for areas in Wales, and a statistical bulletin that describes the characteristics of the population of Wales.

Key and Quick Statistics tables for Output Areas (OAs) and for wards will be published on 30 January 2013. Further short stories will be published with this and subsequently, 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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