Have you completed your 2021 Census form yet?

Sunday 21st March is Census day in the UK. By law all households must complete their form.

The census has taken place every 10 years since 1801, except in 1941 (WWII). The first census based on households took place in 1841. The population has changed dramatically since then and in 2011 over 26.4 million households were included – this equated to 56 million people.

It is predicted that the 2021 census will show that the population has grown to 61 million people, an increase of 5 million people in a 10 year period, a population growth of almost 10%.

When you look at the above graphs it is interesting to see the big growth is in the over 65’s. Basically, due to advancements in medicine, we are living longer. The population decrease in percentage terms is in the younger generation. Families are much smaller than they were in 1841 when it wasn’t unusual to have several children (remember birth control hadn’t been invented then!)

Closer to home, in 2011 there were 52,370 people living within LANCASTER.  The overall population increased by 11.4% in the ten years between 2001 and 2011. If it has increased by a further 10% , that figure will have grown to 57,607. This infomation alone shows the need for new houses to be built – otherwise, where will these people live?

Here are is some extra infomation on Lancaster residents from the 2011 census. It will be interesting to see if they are many changes!

  • There are 22.3 residents per hectare which is a higher population density than across the region as a whole.
  • 17.9% of the population are aged between 30 and 44 which is below the regional average.
  • 33.1% of households comprise just one person while 31.7% of households include families with children.
  • The most predominant industry of employment is Public admin, education & health which comprises 41.4% of the working-age population. During the working day, the population increases by 5.9%.

If you want to know any information about Lancaster, the population and the industries people work in, please get in touch. We work closely with a great market research team to ensure we always have the information at our fingertips.

Thanks for reading and happy form completing!


Ps. No results are likely until the end of 2022, however, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on working patterns and household composition will ensure the 2021 census provides a unique snapshot of history in the future.