About the census

The census takes place every 10 years.

The first census was in 1801 and the most recent in 2011. The next census is planned for March 2021.

The census gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. The information helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

The latest information on the 2021 Census can be found on the Office for National Statistics website.

2011 Census Interactive Mapping Tools

2011 Census briefing notes and summary statistics

Topic reports

These reports give information on specific topics.

Population data

Visit our population of Bristol page for our population data.

2011 Census Profiles

Profiles for a variety of geographies are available using our downloadable 2011 Census Selected Statistics Tool (spreadsheet, 2.9MB) (opens new window) .

Use the tool to select the type are area that you are interested in (eg LSOA) and then the name of the area you are interested in and a 4 page 2011 Census profile is produced.  Profiles can be produced for the following areas: 

  • 2016 Wards
  • 2016 Neighbourhood Partnership 
  • 2011 Wards
  • 2011 Neighbourhood Partnerships 
  • Lower Super Output Area 
  • Output Area 
  • Postcode District 
  • Neighbourhood Planning Area 
  • Clinical Commissioning Group Locality 
  • Children and Young People Service Area 
  • Local Economic Partnership 
  • Neighbourhood Policing Area 
  • Fire: Community Safety Sector 

More statistics for the new 2016 wards are available in the 2016 Ward Profiles.

Equality profiles

2001 Census

2001 Census page on this site – statistics, local area profiles and background information.

Historic Census records note:
Individual Census forms remain confidential for 100 years. Records from the 1911 Census have recently been made available online.