The Census is a ten-yearly compulsory survey, conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in which all residents of England and Wales are required to take part. Information provided by census respondents is a valuable resource for exploring changes in our society, such as migration, age profiles and population trends.
The information collected from the census is known as microdata, or unit record information. It is also aggregated and made publicly available as tables. Samples of unit records with all identifiers removed are also available and used by researchers for statistical research and analysis purposes. It is also possible to commission a table of special interest. All of these different types of census products have to conform to confidentiality provisions set out in census legislation and access is dependent on meeting conditions to protect against disclosure.
Information about different census products and details of how to apply for access to these can be found in each individual product description (linked). For further information or advice, please contact the individual service using the contact details provided or alternatively, refer to the Access to ONS data service
For general queries about census data, please email: email@example.com
FAQ regarding Census commissioned tables and updates to existing tables including links to the excel tables and questions on price and access.
Details about their relation to ONS and the census and how anonymised records are filed and collected.
Details on their relation to ONS and the census and how it differs to other CAMS.
Details about their relation to ONS and the census and how it differs to other CAMS.
Questions on how to apply for access, what format the data will be, and the price of the service.
Regarding the Longitudinal Study with questions on how to apply for access, what format the data will be, and the price of the service.