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2011 Census - Help tomorrow take shape

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The census has collected information about the population every ten years since 1801 (except in 1941, during the Second World War). The last census took place in England and Wales on 27 March 2011. In England and Wales the census is planned and carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Why do we need a census?

The results from the census help government and local authorities to plan the services and resources people need, such as education, health care, housing and transport. The census statistics feed into the allocation of funding for local authorities and play a major part in our ability to provide local services so it is crucial that everyone is counted.

Latest news on outputs

ONS published the first outputs (population estimates by age and sex at England & Wales and local authority level) on 16 July 2012. Further releases of data will be made available later in the year. Further details on the content and timetable for each of the census output releases, as well as the availability of the commissioned table service and UK data, are available through the online census output prospectus that was launched in March 2012. The timetable can be found at the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A set of Key Statistics tables, at local authority level, was made available on 11 December 2012 via the ONS website. The attached document details the list of Key Statistics tables published on this date. The Key Statistics tables can be found on the ONS website.

Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for Wards and Output Areas were made available via the ONS website on 30 January 2013.

Detailed characteristics tables were released on the 16th May and 28th June at local authority level. This enables users to access crosstabulated information about residents of the borough.

On 31 July 2013, ONS published the first local characteristics release. The tables in this release focus on Ethnicity, Identity, Language and Religion.

NOMIS provides access to all published datasets on the 2011 Census, this includes:

  • Key Statistics - The Key Statistics series provides summary figures covering the full range of topics from the census. These figures are available from national level down to the very small census output areas.
  • Quick Statistics - The Quick Statistics series generally provides information about a single census topic. The classifications used are usually the full versions with the most categories so provide the most detailed information available from the census about the topic. Like the Key Statistics, these tables are available from national level down to the very small census output areas.
  • Detailed Characteristics - The Detailed Characteristics series cross tabulates two or more topics. The combination of topics and number of categories provide the most detail possible whilst maintaining the confidentiality of personal information. The tables in the initial release are generally available from national down to local authority level. In a future update they will be provided down to ward and middle layer super output area (MSOA) level. A small number of tables that use detailed classifications are only published at regional and national level.
  • Local Characteristics - The Local Characteristics series provides cross tabulations of two or more topics from the census for Output Areas (OAs).The OA is the lowest geographical level at which census estimates are provided and Local Characteristics tables give the greatest level of detail possible for local areas.
  • Headcounts and Household Estimates for Postcodes - Estimates of usual residents broken down by sex and an estimate of the number of households with one or more usual residents.

Population and household estimates for Tameside (2011 Census)

In 2011 the population for Tameside was estimated to be 219,300. This was an increase of 2.9% on the 2001 Census results. In 2011 it was estimated that Tameside had 95,000 households, an increase of 5.6% on the 2001 results. The data released so far can be found under the "Census 2011: First release" theme. Population pyramids at MSOA, Ward and LSOA level for Tameside can also be found here.

Overall 2011 Census response rates

The response rate is the total number of usual residents whose details were completed on a returned questionnaire, divided by the estimate of the total number of usual residents. Prior to the census, ONS set a headline target of achieving 94% response for England and Wales overall. Tameside exceeded this response rate and achieved 96%. The attached document details the response rates by different characteristics.

Online response rates

ONS have now released provisional data on the proportion of respondents completing their census online. This data is available at different geographical levels, for more information follow this link: Online Census returns

Residents with second addresses

The attached brief report details the number of people with second addresses in Tameside, and also the number of usual residents in Tameside who reported having a second address outside of the borough. Further information can be found by following this link: Second addresses

Links to other relevant information can be found under useful links.

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