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About the census


The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. This helps to plan and fund public services in your area. By taking part in the census, you’ll help make sure your community gets the services it needs.

The census is important as it gives essential information that’s used for things that affect us all.

We all use services like transport, education and health, and census data helps the government and local authorities to decide how to plan and fund them.

Census information is also important to charities, as they use it to reach those who need help and as evidence for securing funding. Businesses, academics and genealogists also rely on it to complete their work.

All of this makes the census a vital survey that helps people and organisations work out what our needs are and how to meet them. Billions of pounds of public money is distributed using census figures, so it’s vital that we reach and engage with everyone. That’s where you come in.

A history of the census

A history of the census transcript