The latest Census took place on Sunday March
27, 2011. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) posted
questionnaires to around 25 million households in England and
Questions covered health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic
background, education, second homes, language, religion and marital
status. The answers will be turned into statistics which can be
used to build a picture of today’s society.
Tower Hamlets, like all local authorities, relies on
census data to identify local needs for public services. It is
a key means for local government, health authorities and other
organisations to target resources more efficiently and plan
housing, education, health and transport services for the
The first release of data from the 2011 Census was published by
the Office for National Statistics on the July 16, 2012 and showed
that Tower Hamlets had:
- a resident population of 254,100 on Census
- the largest increase in population in the country since
- 101,300 households, an increase of 29 per
cent since 2001 and
- an average household size of 2.47 persons.
The Corporate Research Unit have
prepared briefing notes analysing the new data. All
our Census briefings are published here and new products will be
made available over time.
Census 2011 Briefings
Further data will be released in stages over the next 12
months providing more detailed information about the
characteristics of residents in the borough. We will publish
further analysis of Census data here.
If you would like to know more about 2011 Census data and the
type of information that will be available or have specific data
requirements please contact us.
Information on the national 2011 Census can be found by visiting
For more information and borough data visit
the Borough profile page.