The Census is coming…

Census 2021 with the Office for National Statistics

Households across Swansea will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021, which will provide a snapshot of modern society.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” says Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your gender, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

Some interesting facts from the last census in Swansea.

  • 239,023 people lived in Swansea, including 23,265 students
  • 39 people were marine and waterways transport operatives
  • There were 8 boat and ship builders and repairers
  • 11 people were coal mine operatives
  • There were 108 sports players
  • More than 67,000 used a car or van to drive to work, although over 10,000 walked to work
  • Swansea was made up of 253 different ethnicities
  • Arabic was the most common language other than English or Welsh, spoken by 1,351 people
  • There were 171 households with 8 or more people
  • 821 people said they were Jedi Knights

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