We aim to publish all main Census 2021 data on the population of England and Wales within two years of the census.

We will be adding ward level geographies to each topic summary for Census 2021 for England and Wales. You can see what we're planning to publish on the release calendar.

Phase 1

Census 2021 first results: published

On 28 June 2022 we published the first results from Census 2021 for England and Wales.

Datasets, publications and methodology

The results included rounded population and household estimates for England and Wales, for local authorities. View the list of the datasets, publications and methodology in the first results from the Census 2021 on the release calendar.

Interactive content

We have created several interactive products using Census 2021 topic summary data.

Census maps is an interactive tool to explore Census 2021 topic summary data across England and Wales for different topics down to a neighbourhood level. Explore your area on the Census maps page.

You can also play the Census 2021 population map game, and move across England and Wales by correctly guessing if the number of people living in an area is higher or lower than others.

Using Census 2021 topic summary data, we have also created a quiz to see how well you know your local area. The quiz lets you test your knowledge of your local authority area. In many of the answers, you can also find out how it compares with the average for England and Wales. Play the Census 2021 quiz.

To tell the local stories from Census 2021 topic summaries, we have published interactive reports for every local authority in England and Wales. These articles and charts highlight the most interesting changes in that area. Look at how your area has changed in 10 years.

Topic summaries (univariate data)

We will begin releasing the next phase of census statistics from autumn 2022.  

We will publish a series of data and supporting information grouped by a similar theme, known as topic summaries.

The following pages will be updated with the relevant data and supporting information when that topic summary is published. Check the release calendar to learn more about publication dates.

The topic summaries in publication order are:

The order has changed slightly from our initial response to the Census 2021 Outputs consultation. As our timetable is planned around user need, it is and will remain subject to change. In accordance with the Code of Practice for Statistics, we will confirm the publication of each topic summary four weeks in advance, where possible.

Get more information about the datasets, variables and classifications planned for topic summaries.

Phase 2: from early 2023

Start of the Census 2021 analysis programme

All Census 2021 data releases will be published with statistical commentary. A detailed three-year Census 2021 analysis programme will start after the release of topic summary data. Get more information about what we plan to publish in the first year of the analysis programme.

Multivariate data for the usual resident population base

Multivariate data will allow you to combine variables and explore relationships between the data, collected from Census 2021 on the usual resident population of England and Wales. We are introducing new functionality for Census 2021 data that will allow you to make your own datasets, as well as view and download ready-made datasets. Get more information about the new functionality and our plans to release multivariate data.

Short-term resident population data

The short-term resident population includes those who were not born in the UK and who intended to stay in the UK for less than 12 months, as of March 2021. Following user feedback, we have moved the release of this alternative population into phase two.

Phase 3: from spring 2023

Alternative population bases

Alternative population bases are the different geographical locations where individuals could have been counted for Census 2021. Examples include workplace, workday and out-of-term populations.

Small populations

Small populations are groups that are defined by their cultural background, including characteristics such as ethnic group, country of birth, religion and national identity. Examples of small populations that we are committed to producing datasets about include Cornish, Kashmiri, Nepali, Sikh, Ravidassia and Jain.

Get more information about datasets we will produce and those we are considering to produce on alternative and small populations.

Detailed migration data

Detailed migration statistics provide the characteristics of people or households who have moved within the UK or from another country into the UK during the year before the census.

Get more information about the datasets we will produce on detailed migration.

Origin-destination data or 'flow' data

Origin-destination data describes the movement of people from one location to another. Planned types of origin-destination data from Census 2021 include:

  • migration flow data
  • workplace flow data
  • second address flow data
  • student flow data

These datasets will be classified as either public, safeguard or secure. Get more details about our plans, including how you can access origin-destination data.

Microdata samples

Microdata are samples of anonymised records for individuals and households, which include a selection of associated census characteristics. Microdata samples will be classified in three ways: public, safeguarded or secure.

Read more details about our plans including how you can access microdata samples.

UK census data: from summer 2023

Censuses took place in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland in March 2021. Scotland's census took place in March 2022. We are working closely with UK census offices to publish comparable data from across the UK.

Get information about how we are working with the other UK census offices and our plans for UK census outputs.

More information

We asked for feedback about our release plans between July to October 2021.

Read our proposals and outcomes of the Census 2021 outputs consultation on the ONS consultation website.

You can also contact us about Census 2021 output release plans by emailing census.outputs@ons.gov.uk.