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Video Summary: Q&A on 2011 Census, Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for Wards and Output Areas

Released: 30 January 2013

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The 2011 Census took place on 27 March 2011. All households in England and Wales were issued with a questionnaire. Questionnaires were received back from households in spring 2011. The 2011 Census was designed to collect statistics about, for example, households, health, migration, length of stay (year of entry to UK), ethnic groups and national identity, religion, qualifications, employment, transport and visitors.

** Ninety two per cent (49.8 million) of usual residents aged three years and over spoke English (English or Welsh in Wales) as their main language.
** Of the eight per cent (4.2 million) of usual residents aged three years and over with a main language other than English, 79 per cent (3.3 million) could speak English very well or well.
** In 2011, less than half a per cent (138,000) of all usual residents aged three years and over could not speak English.
** The second most reported main language was Polish (one per cent, 546,000), followed by Panjabi (half of one per cent, 273,000) and Urdu (half of one per cent, 269,000).
** The percentage of usual residents in households who were part of a one family married couple household, where at least one household member was aged under 65 years, decreased by six percentage points from 50 per cent (25.3 million) in 2001 to 44 per cent (24.4 million) in 2011.
** The percentage of usual residents in households who were part of a one family cohabiting couple household, where at least one household member was aged under 65 years, increased by two percentage points from ten per cent (4.9 million) in 2001 to 12 per cent (6.5 million) in 2011.
** In 2011, the majority of 16 to 74 year olds in employment travelled to work by driving a car or van (58 per cent, 15.3 million). The second most reported method of travel to work for 16 to 74 year olds in employment was by foot (11 per cent, 2.8 million), whilst the third was travel by bus, minibus or coach (seven per cent, 1.9 million).

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Short video from the ONS giving a question and answer session on the 2011 Census, Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for Wards and Output Areas in England and Wales.

Source: Office for National Statistics

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