Census 2021

What is the census?

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. The information you give helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors' surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of all of us. It looks at who we are and how we live. There's no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs.

The census is run by the Office for National Statistics.

When was the 2021 Census?

Census day was Sunday 21 March 2021. Thank you to everyone who completed the census or helped someone fill in their census.

2021 Census results

The first results from the 2021 Census have been released. The population estimate is 357,200 for Cheshire West and Chester. This is an increase of 8.4 per cent (27,600) since the 2011 Census. Further results are due to be published in phases from Autumn 2022 onwards.

More information about the census is available on the Census 2021 website.

Census 2021