2021 Census

What is the census?

A census is a count of all people and households in the country that takes place every ten years.  It asks people about subjects such as work, health, ethnic background, education and marital status.  The responses build a picture of today’s society which helps central and local government, health authorities, businesses, voluntary sector organisations and communities target resources and plan for years to come.

The 2021 Census took place on 21 March 2021.  In England and Wales the 2021 Census was organised and carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  More detail on all aspects of the census can be found on the 2021 Census web pages.


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First Results

The first results from Census 2021 were published on 28 June 2022 and give communities across Dudley a glimpse of how our local population has changed in the past decade.  All households across Dudley were asked to take part in Census 2021, which provides the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.  There was a 97 per cent borough response rate to the census.

The first results provide estimates of our population, as well as age and sex profiles.  Census 2021 shows the estimated population of Dudley on Census Day, 21 March 2021, was 323,500 (rounded to the nearest hundred), a 3.4% increase from the Census 2011 figure of 312,900. For more information visit the ONS web site First Results from Census 2021 page.

Interactive Census Content

From the ONS website you can view the report on how the population changed in Dudley in the ten years to Census 2021 and how this compares to other areas, or use the ONS interactive tool to see Dudley's age-sex estimates and compare to other local authorities.

Also available is a wider view of how life has changed in Dudley based on Census 2021 results that highlight some of the most notable changes among the local population, or play the interactive Census 2021 quiz to see how well you know your local area.

If you want to explore the census data ONS have an interactive mapping tool that lets users map the main census results, and a tool to create your own custom area profile based on the geographic area you draw on a map to build up a profile of charts from a range of Census 2021 topics. You can also create a custom dataset to get data on a full range of census topics and geographic areas.

2021 Census Area Profiler

From the Dudley Council website you can access the 2021 Census Area Profiler which is an interactive Excel-based tool designed to show users the 2021 Census results for an area of their choice, and allow them to compare it to any other area.

In the profiler you can view tables of census results showing the number and percentage of the population across a wide range of topics, such as age, ethnic group, general health, occupation and method of travel to work. There are also charts that show the percentage figures for the two selected areas. The profiler includes census results for Dudley and other local authorities, but also has a specific Dudley focus, with the user able to choose areas within Dudley Borough for comparisons, such as community forum areas, wards and super output areas.

When you open the profiler there are boxes where you can select your area and comparison area. Help information is also available within the profiler to assist users. Please note that dependent on your version of Excel you may need to accept an "Enable Editing" and/or "Enable Content" message to use the full functionality of the profiler.

You can also view a PDF format 2021 Census Area Profile comparing Dudley Borough to England.

Find your area

When using the 2021 Census Area Profiler, if you want to find out which ward, community forum area, lower layer super output area (LSOA) or middle layer super output area (MSOA) an address is located within, and view a map of the area, please use the search facilities below which are available on the Dudley Council website.

Find ward of an address
Find community forum area of an address
Find lower layer super output area (LSOA) of an address
Find middle layer super output area (MSOA) of an address

Topic Summaries

The ONS released further results from the census from November 2022 onwards, starting with Topic Summaries and facts and figures about areas. Topic Summaries include sets of data, or datasets, most of which include data from a single variable. A variable is a particular characteristic of a person or household, for example, religion or accommodation type.

The summaries are shown below in the order ONS released them and include their publication date. Please see the Census 2021 results and timeline web page for more details on topic summaries and other census data releases.

To view headline data and links to maps and data downloads for the released topics click on the '+' for your topic summary of interest to open.  Each open topic summary can be minimised by clicking on the '-'.

Further results

For information about other Census 2021 data due to be released after the topic summaries please visit Census 2021 results.