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2011 Census

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out a census to find out more about the people who live in England and Wales and about the make-up of local neighbourhoods.

As you probably know, the 2011 Census took place on 27th March 2011. From Monday 7th March, households all over the country were posted a census form to complete.

2011 Census Release of Population and Household Estimates

The initial Census data released on 16th July 2012 data tells us that the population estimate of England and Wales is 56.1 million an increase of 7.1% since 2001, and for Blaby District is 93,900, a 4% increase since 2001.

This is the first release of the Census and the Second release data will become available between November 2012 to Spring 2013. The data is rounded to the nearest 100 in this current release.

Our Census Information spreadsheet gives greater detail on population, age, sex and household estimates for Blaby and Leicestershire:


The following ONS Statistical Bulletin provides more information on the statistics for the country:

ONS Statistical Bulletin

Further information can be found on the ONS Website 

2011 Census background

ONS is responsible for conducting a census in England and Wales every ten years. The most recent census of England and Wales took place on 27 March 2011, with a number of new approaches designed to improve census return rates in all areas and with all population groups.

The census benefits

A census counts everybody and describes society.

The population’s characteristics are always changing. A census collects and shares facts about society’s make-up.

The population of England and Wales, Leicestershire County and Blaby District is made up of many jigsaw pieces: different ages, different sexes and different ethnic groups. The census is the picture which shows how they are put together.

Society is changing. A census is one of the main ways of accurately measuring change across the whole population.

By knowing how many people live within the borders of England and Wales, Leicestershire County and Blaby District everyone can plan properly for the future. The census provides a map of the population.

The information will help to ensure that the local services that people rely on, such as transport, housing, schools and hospitals, can be provided where they are needed.
The information helps central and local government ensure that all areas receive their slice of the funding cake when it comes to allocating billions of pounds in public funding over the next ten years.

Last updated 3 February 2020
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