We aim to publish all main Census 2021 data on the population of England and Wales within two years of the census.
We will be adding ward level geographies to each topic summary for Census 2021 for England and Wales. You can see what we're planning to publish on the release calendar.
We have created several interactive products using Census 2021 topic summary data. You can use these products to find facts and figures about areas in England and Wales.
Census maps is an interactive tool to explore Census 2021 topic summary data across England and Wales for different topics down to a neighbourhood level. Explore your area on the Census maps page.
You can also access area profiles, which allow users to view statistics from across different topics for a particular area. Alternatively, you can draw your own area and create a custom area profile.
To tell the local stories from Census 2021 topic summaries, we have published interactive reports for every local authority in England and Wales. These articles and charts highlight the most interesting changes in that area. Look at how your area has changed in 10 years.
Census 2021 first results: published
On 28 June 2022 we published the first results from Census 2021 for England and Wales.
Datasets, publications and methodology
The results included rounded population and household estimates for England and Wales, for local authorities. View the list of the datasets, publications and methodology in the first results from the Census 2021 on the release calendar.
Topic summaries (univariate data)
We released this phase of census statistics in autumn 2022.
We have published a series of data and supporting information grouped by a similar theme, known as topic summaries.
Check the release calendar to learn more about publication dates.
The topic summaries in publication order are:
Census 2021 analysis programme
All Census 2021 data releases will be published with statistical commentary. A detailed three-year Census 2021 analysis programme will start after the release of topic summary data. Get more information about what we plan to publish in the first year of the analysis programme.
Phase 2: Starting from March/April 2023
Multivariate data for the usual resident population base
Multivariate data will allow you to combine variables and explore relationships between the data, collected from Census 2021 on the usual resident population of England and Wales. We are introducing new functionality for Census 2021 data that will allow you to make your own datasets, as well as view and download ready-made datasets. Get more information about the new functionality and our plans to release multivariate data.
Short-term resident population data
The short-term resident population includes those who were not born in the UK and who intended to stay in the UK for less than 12 months, as of March 2021. Following user feedback, we have moved the release of this alternative population into phase two.
Phase 3: from late spring/ early summer 2023
Alternative population bases
Alternative population bases are the different geographical locations where individuals could have been counted for Census 2021. Examples include workplace, workday and out-of-term populations.
Small populations are groups that are defined by their cultural background, including characteristics such as ethnic group, country of birth, religion and national identity. Examples of small populations that we are committed to producing datasets about include Cornish, Kashmiri, Nepali, Sikh, Ravidassia and Jain.
Get more information about datasets we will produce and those we are considering to produce on alternative and small populations.
Detailed migration data
Detailed migration statistics provide the characteristics of people or households who have moved within the UK or from another country into the UK during the year before the census.
Get more information about the datasets we will produce on detailed migration.
Origin-destination data or 'flow' data
Origin-destination data describes the movement of people from one location to another. Planned types of origin-destination data from Census 2021 include:
migration flow data
workplace flow data
second address flow data
student flow data
These datasets will be classified as either public, safeguard or secure. Get more details about our plans, including how you can access origin-destination data.
Microdata are samples of anonymised records for individuals and households, which include a selection of associated census characteristics. Microdata samples will be classified in three ways: public, safeguarded or secure.
Read more details about our plans including how you can access microdata samples.
UK census data
Censuses took place in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland in March 2021. Scotland's census took place in March 2022. We are working closely with UK census offices to publish comparable data from across the UK.
Get information about how we are working with the other UK census offices and our plans for UK census outputs.
We asked for feedback about our release plans between July to October 2021.
Read our proposals and outcomes of the Census 2021 outputs consultation on the ONS consultation website.
You can also contact us about Census 2021 output release plans by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.