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Census information

About the census

The first census in England and Wales took place in 1801 to help plan for the future and has been carried out every 10 years ever since (except in 1941 during the Second World War). In England and Wales the census is planned and carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The census is an estimate of the population. Everyone is asked the same questions on the same day so that a snapshot of the population can be taken at one point in time. It is the only time every person and household is counted right across the UK.

The results of the census help government and local authorities to plan the services and resources people need, such as transport, housing, healthcare and education. The amount of money your council has to spend on these important services over the next 10 years is directly influenced by population statistics from the census. That’s why it is so important that everyone takes part.

2021 Census

Census Day was Sunday 21 March, but it’s not too late to take part. For more information, including myth busters, visit the census website.

Census support

At our libraries

Our libraries are providing support for the census. If you need help, you can call us on 01344 352409, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4pm.

You can ask any questions or book an appointment to get help filling in the form. Appointments are available on the phone or in-person at Bracknell and Crowthorne libraries.

Outside of these hours, you can call:

  • Bracknell Library - 01344 423149
  • Crowthorne Library - 01344 776431

At the Open Learning Centre

The Open Learning Centre is offering appointments to get help with the census. These will be available:

  • Monday, 10am to 4pm
  • Tuesday, 9am to 4pm
  • Wednesday, 9am to 4pm
  • Friday, 9am to 4pm

To make an appointment, phone 01344 354220.

2011 Census

The last census took place on Sunday 27 March 2011. Information on the 2011 census can be found on the UK National Statistics website.

Initial results for the borough of the 2011 census is available on DataShare.

2001 Census

2001 census data is available on DataShare.

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