A census is a count of all people and
households in the country. Taken once every ten years,
the last census for England and Wales took place on 27
March 2011 and involved around 25 million households.
It is the only survey to provide a detailed picture of the
entire population and is unique because it covers everyone at the
same time and asks the same core questions everywhere. This
makes it easy to compare different parts of the country.
The census is taken by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)
and the results provide population statistics from a national to
neighbourhood level for use by government, local authorities and
business and communities. Kent County Council uses the data
collected to plan the local services needed like schools,
transport, housing and health.
The ONS began the process of releasing Results from the 2011 Census in July
2012 and will continue to release the data in phases through 2013
and in to 2014. Further details of the future release of
census data is outlined in the 2011 Census release timetable.
The census response rates for Kent and a comparison of the
2011 Census count of Kent's population alongside other data
sources are presented in
‘Can we have confidence in the 2011 Census results?' (PDF,
Online internet response rates were published
in March 2012 and have been presented separately in
2011 Census: Internet response rates in Kent (PDF