Census maps is an interactive tool to explore Census 2021 data across England and Wales for different topics down to a neighbourhood level.

Census maps can help you to:

You can also go straight to the Census maps page and make your selections there.

The maps were first published on 2 November 2022 with data from Census 2021 covering age, sex, household composition, and migration in England and Wales.

They were updated on 29 November 2022 with data on ethnic group, national identity, language, religion and UK armed forces veterans. They will be updated again when further Census 2021 data are released. See our release plans for Census 2021 topics.

Using the data and maps

You can read more about Census maps and how to use it in this accompanying blog post.

Datasets used in the map are available with the topic summaries for demography and migration, UK armed forces veterans and ethnic group, national identity, language and religion.

You can embed your customised map into your website by selecting "embed this map" and pasting the link into your content management system as an iframe.

Get detailed information about the variables, definitions and classifications from the Census 2021 dictionary.

About the data

Data in Census Maps are available at different levels of geography for England and Wales, including local authority areas and neighbourhoods.

The most local available geographies for the majority of topics are Output Areas of between 100 and 625 usual residents.

Related links

Demography and migration: Census 2021 in England and Wales
Bulletin | Released 2 November 2022
Data and supporting commentary about demography and migration from Census 2021 in England and Wales.

Voices of our ageing population: Living longer lives
Digital content article | Released 2 November 2022
Why does population ageing matter and what do the Census 2021 data tell us? This article was compiled in partnership with Age UK, the Centre for Ageing Better and the International Longevity Centre UK.

How the population changed where you live: Census 2021
Digital content article | Released 28 June 2022
Interactive scrolly-telling article visualising the first results from Census 2021 in England and Wales at a local level.

Play the Census 2021 population map game
Online game | Released 28 June 2022
Online game based on Census 2021 data, which challenges players to make their way across a map of England and Wales by correctly guessing facts about neighbouring local authorities.

History of the census: 1801 to 2021
Digital content article | Released 20 June 2022
How the census in England and Wales has evolved over 220 years, from the first census in 1801 to 2021 and the future of population statistics.

Census unearthed: Population, widows and orphans in 1921
Digital content article | Released 9 August 2021
From a lack of living space to an increase in the number of widows and orphans, newly digitised county and district level statistics from the 1921 Census show changes after World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic.

Census 2021 dictionary
Glossary | Released 28 October 2022
Detailed information about variables, definitions and classifications to help when using Census 2021 data.

Quality and methodology information (QMI) for Census 2021
Methodology | Released 28 June 2022
Details the strengths, limitations, uses, users and methods for Census 2021, England and Wales.

Contact

census.customerservices@ons.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1329 44 4972