The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for the 2011 Census in England and Wales and rigorous preparations for the census came to fruition meeting the target of getting a 94% response nationally with at least 80% in every local authority. Census Day was Sunday 27th March 2011.
The census is highly important to local councils such as Hertfordshire County Council, as the information provided is used to plan for spending on public services over the next 10 years in Hertfordshire. That means money for our schools, roads and health services is determined by the information gathered by the census. Detailed analysis of the census allows us to plan our services to suit the characteristics of the residents of Hertfordshire. For these reasons it was important that Hertfordshire residents took part.
Initial results from the census were published on 16th July 2012, with the usual resident population of Hertfordshire being estimated at 1,116,000, an increase of 8,500 compared to the mid-2010 population estimate and 82,000 more than the 2001 Census estimate. The response rate for Hertfordshire was 95%. Further to the First release, on 24th September 2012, ONS published updated tables with more detailed data at a local level. This update takes into account further information that has come to light as a result of finalising processing and further quality assurance, as a result the rounded figure of 1,116,000 for the usual resident population of Hertfordshire has been updated to an unrounded figure of 1,116,062.
Data on the number of residents in an area with second homes elsewhere and those resident elsewhere who have second homes in an area was published on 22nd October 2012.
Data releases have continued in 2012 and throughout 2013 and 2014. The tables that were published contain data on a range of subjects including:
- Ethnic group
- Marital and civil partnership status
- Household composition
- Country of birth
- Household language
- Health, disability and unpaid care
- Dwellings, accommodation and tenure
- Car or van availability
- Communal establishment residents
- Economic activity and hours worked
- Industry of employment and occupation
- Year and age of arrival in the UK
- and much more....
Some of the tables released cross-tabulate the above subjects with each other. Most tables give data on the usual resident population, households or communal establishments but there are some tables for alternative populations such as the short-term population, workplace population and workday population. Flow data relating to migrants and commuters is also being released.
Selected 2011 Census data for Hertfordshire and it's constituent areas is being published as it becomes available and can be found on the Hertfordshire Local Information System (HertsLIS) website.
More information on the 2011 Census is available online via the Office for National Statistics website (using the link on this page).
Selected results from the previous census in 2001 are available on hertsdirect using the link called Census 2001 in Hertfordshire.