Census 2021 is Coming Soon ….
Households across Northern Ireland will be asked to take part in the 2021 Census. The census happens only once every 10 years and gives a picture of all the people and households in Northern Ireland. The last census was in 2011 and counted 1,810,900 people living here. It will be the first census run predominantly online, with the majority of households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets. Paper questionnaires will also be available.
There’s nothing else that provides a snapshot of society quite like the census. It gives three windows on our world: one looks at life in the past, another shows how we live now in the present, and one helps predict what we might need in the future. All this together helps make decisions about how to improve life for us all. It benefits everyone.
The information collected in the census is used to help make decisions about how vital services such as education, transport and health are planned and funded including how millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, school places, houses and roads across Northern Ireland.
Census day will be on March 21, but households across Northern Ireland will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from the beginning of March 2021.
At the time of the last census…
- There were 703,300 households in Northern Ireland made up of 1,810,900 people
- The vast majority (1.788 million) of Northern Ireland’s population lived in private households on Census Day 2011, with the remaining 22,500 people living in communal establishments, such as university halls of residence and nursing homes.
- The main household space types were detached houses or bungalows – 37 %, semi-detached houses or bungalows – 28%, terraced properties – 25% and flats or apartments – 9%.
- The average household size was 2.54 people
- Only 0.5% of households had no central heating
- Over three-quarters of households (77 %) had access to a car or van
- Almost three-fifths (58 %) of people aged 16 to 74 years who were in employment usually drove a vehicle to work, while 10% worked mainly at or from home.
You can find more census facts from 2011 and earlier years at nisra.gov.uk/statistics/census