Census 2011

censuslogoThe 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 Wales.

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 borough.

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 day
  • the largest increase in population in the country since 2001
  • 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



pict censusFurther 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 the ONS website.

For more information and borough data visit the Borough profile page.