Key information from the 2021 Census for Bristol.

First results from Census 2021

The Office for National Statistics have released the first results from Census 2021 in England and Wales. Find the pdf summary of the first results for Bristol (341 KB) .

The usual resident population of Bristol Local Authority was 472,400 on Census Day, 21 March 2021. 

The population increased by just over 44,000 (10.3%) compared with Census Day 2011, when there were 428,234 people living in Bristol.

The population density was 4,308 people per square kilometre, similar to Liverpool, Nottingham, Southend-on-Sea, Reading and Outer London.

Age and sex of the population

Overall, there were 234,500 men (49.6% of the overall population) and 237,900 women (50.4%) living in Bristol in 2021. This is similar to 2011, when 49.8% of the population were male and 50.2% were female.

Between 2011 and 2021, all age groups increased in Bristol except for 0-4 year olds and people aged 80 and over which both decreased.

More information

You can find out more about how the population has changed in Bristol and other local authority areas and how they compare with others across England and Wales in the interactive article, How the population changed in Bristol, Census 2021 ONS.

What comes next

The breadth and depth of census statistics means that ONS will release the more detailed data in stages, starting with the release of the first of eight topic summaries in October. 

Topic summaries will be released in the following order:

  1. Demography and migration
  2. Ethnic group, national identity, language, and religion
  3. UK armed forces veterans
  4. Housing
  5. Labour market and travel to work
  6. Sexual orientation and gender identity
  7. Education
  8. Health, disability, and unpaid care

For the latest information on publication plans go to the ONS Census 2021 outputs release plans.

2011 Census

Go to the 2011 Census page for statistics, local area profiles, equalities profiles and background information.