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Census 2021

Every ten years 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. The most recent Census took place on Sunday 21 March 2021. The first statistics were released by the Office for National Statistics on 28 June 2022 (available below) with more due to be released in the Autumn.

The Office for National Statistics are planning to publish a range of different products and tools for 2021 Census results. These are being released in phases. More information on these release plans is available on the Office for National Statistics website:

Office for National Statistics data and tools currently available

Topic summaries

Topic summaries are sets of data and supporting information, grouped by a similar theme. The majority of the datasets that the Office for National Statistics release as part of each topic summary will contain data about just one variable. Data is available for a wide range of geographies.

Area profiles

Area profiles allow users to view statistics from across different topics for a particular area. They also allow users to compare local statistics for an area against national statistics. Over time these will be made available for a wide range of geographies.

Census maps

Census maps is an interactive mapping tool to explore 2021 Census data for different topics down to neighbourhood level.

Build a custom area profile

This tool enables users to get data by different area types, for example neighbourhoods, wards, parishes, local authorities or parliamentary constituencies.

And if it doesn't have the geography you want, you can draw your own on a map.

With the tool, you can choose different topics from Census 2021 data, save the area you have drawn to use again and export your area profile as an image or spreadsheet.

How your area has changed in 10 years

This is an article which details how a selected local authority area has changed since the 2011 Census and how it compares to other areas.

Note: The 2021 Census population estimate for Cheshire West and Chester is 357,200. This is higher than the Office for National statistics had previously estimated the population (343,800 mid-2020 estimate). Some products on this website including Population Forecasts were produced before the Census results were published. Population in all these products should be used with caution as the 2021 Census provides the most accurate estimate of the population. These products will be updated with the latest census based population estimates over the coming months.​ 2021 Census population estimates are available below: