Mnemonic: dependent_child_age
Applicability: Person
Type: Derived variable


Counts dependent children and gives an age classification.


Total number of categories: 6

Code Name
1 Aged 0 to 2 years
2 Aged 3 to 4 years
3 Aged 5 to 11 years
4 Aged 12 to 15 years
5 Aged 16 to 18 years
-8 Does not apply*

*Students and schoolchildren living away during term-time, children in communal establishments, and people who are not dependent children.

View all dependent child age classifications.


Read about how we developed and tested the questions for Census 2021.

Comparability with the 2011 Census

Highly comparable

What does highly comparable mean?

A variable that is highly comparable means that it can be directly compared with the variable from the 2011 Census. The questions and options that people could choose from may be slightly different, for example the order of the options may be swapped around, but the data collected is the same.

England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland comparisons

Not comparable

This variable is not comparable as the data is not available for all countries.

What does not comparable mean?

A variable that is not comparable means that it cannot be compared for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Find out more about variables produced for Census 2021 in Northern Ireland and Census 2022 in Scotland.

Census 2021 data that uses this variable