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External links to census analyses

This page provides links to analyses of census data outside of ONS.
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ESRC Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE)

CoDE at the University of Manchester hosts a series of briefings titled Dynamics of diversity: Evidence from the 2011 census, with supporting data and advice on the use of ethnicity and related data. The briefings use plain English and graphics to describe major patterns and trends, and are co-funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Examples of recent briefing publications are:

What makes ethnic group populations grow? Age structures and immigration

By following the changing age structure of each ethnic group – the number of people at each age – from the 2001 Census to the latest Census in 2011, the briefing estimates the contribution to population growth of international migration, births and deaths. The briefing also provides first estimates of total fertility rates over the past three decades for each ethnic group, and population pyramids.

Who feels British? The relationship between ethnicity, religion and national identity in England

The 2011 Census national identity question allows people to report multiple identities from English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish, British and Other. However, nine in ten people only report a single national identity. Ethnic minority groups tend to report British national identity while White British in England tend to report English identity. Foreign identity (‘Other’) is associated with recent immigrants.

Census Information Scheme (CIS) - London specific analysis

The Census Information Scheme (CIS), working within the Greater London Authorities Intelligence Unit, provides London-specific analysis of Census statistics for the 33 London boroughs, the GLA and its functional bodies. The CIS website contains quick and easy links to our analysis and data as well as interactive tools. We are also currently producing infographics, both static as well as animated using Adobe Creative Suite, to visualise the Census data in a new way.


SMARTCensus makes it easy to explore the 2011 census data. You can play, comment and discuss things you find. We focus on dynamic visualisations and commentaries on ethnicity and religion, health problems associated with an ageing population and population changes – but there is lots of other good stuff, too.

UK Data Service Census Support

The UK Data Service Census Support provides access to a broad range of the outputs from the five most recent UK censuses from 2011 back to 1971 including aggregate data, flow data, anonymised unit data and digital boundary data across the whole UK where they exist. We work with the raw data and metadata provided by the UK census to make the information they contain as quick and easy to find, understand and use as possible, and provide unrestricted access to our services where data licensing permits. Our unrestricted services include:

InFuse      Aggregate data from the 2011 and 2001 censuses with more being added from previous censuses and other sources. InFuse has unique variable-based search functionality that gets you to your data fast, or tells you if no data of interest exists in few clicks.

Casweb   Aggregate data from the 2001, 1991, 1981 and 1971 censuses together with some digital boundary data. Casweb has traditional table-based search functionality. Our intention is to eventually process and incorporate all Casweb data into InFuse.

WICID       Flow data (migration and travel to work) from the 2001, 1991 and 1981 Censuses. Data from 2011 will be incorporated as it becomes available.

Further information on our full range of data and services, including those restricted to the UK academic community, can be found on the Census Support section of the UK Data Service website. Please contact us via the UK Data Service contact page if you have any comments or questions. The UK Data Service is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

UK Data Explorer - Census 2011 data for Wards in England

UK Data Explorer's Census 2011 section displays over 400 Key Statistics variables at ward level on a series of interactive maps. Currently, the maps provide data only for England.

2011 Census Open Atlas

The 2011 Census Open Atlas project maps census variables at Output Area level within each local authority district in England and Wales. In total, 134,567 maps were created, and are available to
 download as PDF files for each local authority district. The maps were generated entirely in open source software, and the code used for their creation is free to download and reuse. This work was supported by the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative.


Created as part of the ESRC BODMAS project, Datashine Census offers interactive maps of the 2011 Census for England and Wales. Users can select their variables and colours before using the PDF export function to download a high-resolution map.

Merton Council Ward Profiles

These ward profiles are designed to provide the key demographic highlights in an easily accessible format. Where possible, data has been compared to the 2001 Census and has been collated to provide a snapshot of the ward for residents, councillors, staff and anyone else who may be interested to see how their ward is shaped.


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