About Census Support

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We provide access to, and user support for, data from the last five UK population censuses (1971-2011)

The population censuses are a vital resource for social scientific research and policy development, providing a snapshot of demographic and social life in the UK that helps inform government policy at local and central level. They are collected by three census agencies. It is a research resource without peer for social scientists, academic and practitioner alike.

UK Data Service Census Support is a service of the UK Data Service composed of data specialists at JISC, University College London and the Universities of Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester.

It exists to provide access to, and support for, users of the 1971 - 2011 Censuses of Population and related resources.

Our aim is to provide ready access to data, and support for users of the census resources, in as friendly and intuitive a way as possible.

At a glance, we provide access to:

  • 2011 Census - aggregate data, boundary data, flow data and microdata
  • 2001 Census - aggregate data, boundary data, flow data and microdata
  • 1991 Census - aggregate data, boundary data, flow data and microdata
  • 1981 Census - aggregate data, boundary data and flow data
  • 1971 Census - aggregate data, boundary data

See the Get data pages for information on how to access these data.

Interested in other census data? Although we support most forms of contemporary data you might be interested in some of the other longitudinal, historical or secure versions of data that we cannot support. For more information check out our list of other census tools.

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