Census outputs are the facts and figures produced from the questionnaires collected on census day. The information from the questionnaires is processed to produce a database from which results are drawn. Information about identifiable individuals is never released.

The data are presented either as simple estimates, such as the number of children, or as figures which relate one topic to another, such as the number of children in one parent families. The linking of topics is one of the most valuable features of a census.

In time, we will be conducting a series of consultations to define the range of products and services that would be made available from the 2021 Census.

Closer to the 2021 Census we will report on the timing and priority of the outputs, culminating in the publication of the 2021 Census Prospectus which will outline the release phases and publication dates.

Administrative data

We will be publishing a research update on our work on administrative data this autumn.

The update will include:

  • our aspirations for using administrative data

  • our progress in acquiring data and outcomes from further research in developing estimates of the population using administrative data, including some research outputs for each local authority in England and Wales

  • our plans for future years