The Census 2011
As you may have noticed, Sunday 27th March was census day in the UK.
Every 10 years data is collected on every household and compiled into a population snapshot.
In addition, the census also provides valuable statistical data on health, housing, ethnic groupings, transport and employment within the UK.
The modern census in the UK began in 1801, so for anyone looking for information covering the last 200 years of social history there is a wealth of searchable material readily available.
Below are a few notable websites which offer statistics gleamed from the census.
This site offers a history of the census, how the gathered statistics have been used and further links to population data.
The OHPR offers a number of essays from academics which sets the census within a historical context.
There is also a complete set of population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937.
This site features a searchable database of census records from 1801 to 1911, plus some guidance on how to research using the census. Be warned that some material may require payment to view.
Includes a searchable database of Scottish census records from 1841 to present. The website also featues some guidance on using archives.
Covers the history of the census in Northern Ireland and information in tracking down useful historical material.