Census 2021

Census day is 21 March 2021 in England and Wales.

The census provides a detailed snapshot of the population and its characteristics once a decade. 

Completing the census

In March 2021, you'll receive a letter from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) with an access code and instructions.

You should complete your census questionnaire online on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after.

You will be able to complete the census using your computer, phone, or tablet. 

If you want to fill out a paper census you can request a paper census questionnaire to be sent in the post.

It should take about 10 minutes per person to complete.

It's easy to take part, but if you need help there are a range of support services, including:

About the census

The census is a survey, run by the Office for National Statistics, that takes place every 10 years.

It gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The information you provide will help plan and fund services in your local area.

This can include things like schools, green spaces, cycle routes and dental surgeries. 

Census facts 
At the time of the last census...
•    176,462 people lived in the New Forest.
•    The top occupation was sales and retail assistant (3,487 of you).
•    There were 297 farmers.
•    71 of you were leisure and theme park attendants.
•    13.8% (11,529 people) worked mainly at or from home while 54,614 of you drove a car or a van to work.
•    The top language, other than English or Welsh, was Polish.
•    Other than the UK, Germany was the top country of birth for 977 of you.
•    There are 224 different ethnicities.
•    There were 2,701 families with 3 or more dependent children.

Data protection

No one can identify you in the published census statistics.

The Office for National Statistics is independent from the government and New Forest District Council.

It only publishes anonymous information from the census.

Any information collected from the census is kept anonymous for 100 years.

Find more information about how your data is kept safe on the census website.

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