The 2011 Census
Lincolnshire continues to have a lower skilled population
Despite large improvements in skills levels, when compared nationally the country still has a higher proportion of residents with no qualifications and a lower proportion qualified to level 4 and above. This issue is further highlighted by the lower proportions of residents employed in professional and technical occupations despite increases in numbers employed in these job types.
Population change but Lincolnshire remains less diverse than other areas
Whilst Lincolnshire now has a higher proportion of residents who were born in the EU than the rest of the county, overall it still has a much higher proportion of UK born residents. In terms of ethnicity, Lincolnshire has become more diverse with the non-white population making up 2.4% of the total population in 2011 compared to 1.4% in 2001. However this proportion is still small when compared with a national non-white population of 14%.
Lincolnshire's older demographic continues to show in findings
Single person households aged over 65 make up nearly 14% of all households compared to 12% nationally, however this is down 1% on 2001. Conversely the number of people stating that their day to day activities are limited due to their health has increased by 1% from 2001 to 20%. Nationally 18% of the population reported that this was the case.
Download a table of headline data from the Key and Quick Statistics Release
The LRO provides access to a large amount of Census 2011 data for Lincolnshire down to small areas. This will be supplemented with additional releases from the ONS Census Prospectus.
Analysis of Census Results
The first in a planned series of reports investigating the result of the 2011 Census and what they tell us about key issues facing Lincolnshire has now been published.
Qualification Levels In Lincolnshire looks at the proportions of people with a highest qualification of level 2 or below and level 4 and above. It looks at their geographical distribution and how Lincolnshire compares to other areas.
Travel to Work in Lincolnshire looks at the usual travel to work method for Lincolnshire's population and compares to other areas.
Health and Unpaid Care looks what the the 2011 Census tells us about the health and caring needs of the population including the nature of the ageing population. (Also, ONS has published analysis nationally of changes both in Unpaid Care and Older Care Home Residents)
Country of Birth, Ethnicity and Nationality of Lincolnshire Residents looks at the characteristics of the Lincolnshire population as revealed in the census and compares to other areas.
Other papers will focus on the themes of:
- Households and Living Conditions
Watch this space for latest news.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) 2011 Census Analysis page contains a useful analysis of the 2011 Census by a number of key themes from a national point of view.
History and Background
The Census is a count of the whole population including every person and every household. A Census has taken place once a decade since 1801 (except 1941). Completion of the Census is compulsory under the 1920 Census Act.
Every ten years a Census is carried out in England and Wales with the aim of producing useful information including a count of the population. The 2011 Census day was on 27 March.
Census statistics are vital to help plan for the future, as Census data is used to inform central government calculations on the amount of financial support local authorities and other public bodies receive. Also, Census data is used to:
- Help central and local government to plan local services, including education, healthcare and transport
- Benchmark and update the statistical base for population and households for use across all public services
- Provide consistent and comparable insights and contextual information about small areas and population groups
- Support public policy development and evaluation
The Office for National Statistics has undertaken a consultation on options for the production of population and small area socio-demographic statistics for England and Wales. The Beyond 2011 Programme was established by ONS to carry out research on the options and to recommend the best way forward to meet future user needs.
ONS consulted on two different proposals for replacing the existing census arrangements:
- A census once a decade, like that conducted in 2011, but primarily online.
- A census using existing government data and compulsory annual surveys.
The Lincolnshire Research Observatory co-ordinated Lincolnshire County Council's response to the consultation.
The census currently provides the most accurate and detailed source of population data available. The proposed changes could have particular impacts on Lincolnshire, for instance increased reliance on online response in an area that has pockets of low broadband availability, and less data available below district level.
The ONS consultation on options for future censuses has closed. Visit the ONS Beyond 2011 page to see their report on the public consultation.
The ONS 2011 census Benefits Realisation team are still very keen to hear examples of your use of census data especially below Local Authority level, particularly where the example is either novel and/or innovative. Please forward short summaries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Census 2011 Constituency Results
The House of Commons has produced handy profiles and commentary on the 2011 Census results for parliamentary constituencies.A research paper presents 2011 Census summary data for the 573 parliamentary constituency areas in England and Wales. It covers key census statistics for the resident population of each area and includes a summary of constituencies with the highest and lowest ratios for these variables. Links to the full results for each Constituency are available in the appendix.
Changes to 2011 Geographies
There have been some slight changes to the Output area, Lower Super Output Area and Middle Super Output Area geographies since 2001. These changes have occurred in areas where the population has significantly increased or decreased over the last 10 year. Some output areas will have been split into two or more in areas where there has been an increase in population while others will have been merged where the population has seen a significant decrease. The majority of geographies have remained the same.
More information can be found in the Understanding the 2011 Census Geographies paper and the Understanding the 2011 Census Geographies Reference Sheet.