Census 2021 first results published

28 June 2022

Did you know that there were around 916,200 people living in Norfolk on Census Day, 21 March 2021?

That’s an increase of around 58,300 people, or an increase of 6.8% compared with Census Day 2011. This compares with an 8.3% increase for the East of England and a 6.3% increase for England and Wales.

Within Norfolk, South Norfolk had the highest percentage increase (14.4% increase), with Great Yarmouth having the lowest increase (2.6% increase), compared with the last census.

The first results from Census 2021 were released on 28 June 2022.

The census is a survey that happens every ten years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The last census was run in March 2021.

Released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the census results provide estimates of our population, as well as age and sex profiles of local authorities.

Following the first population estimates in June, the ONS will release further phased results from the census from September onwards. These will include data on ethnicity, religion, the labour market, education and housing. For the first time, it will also include information on armed forces veterans, sexual orientation and gender identity.

“The census gives us the richest possible picture of society across England and Wales and is hugely important to inform decisions about all of our public services, from education to healthcare, and across the private sector,” Deputy National Statistician Pete Benton said.

Find out more about Census 2021 results. To see local population estimates as they become available, visit Norfolk Insight.

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