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UK armed forces veterans

On 10 November 2022, as part of our topic summaries releases for Census 2021, we published data about UK armed forces veterans in England and Wales.

This is the first time that we've collected and published census information about UK armed forces veterans.

What's included in the Census 2021 results about UK armed forces veterans

The Census 2021 results about UK armed forces veterans include data about people who have previously served in the regular forces, reserve forces or both.

This answers questions like:

  • how many UK armed forces veterans lived in households and communal establishments at the time of the census?
  • how many households had one or more persons who’d served in the UK armed forces?
  • which local authorities had the highest proportion of UK armed forces veterans?

You can find out more about the Census 2021 results about UK armed forces veterans in England and Wales on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website.

Information in Welsh about UK armed forces veterans

We will provide information in the Welsh language for all Census 2021 topic summaries, and the Welsh Government will release data specifically about Wales.

We've created a downloadable PDF in Welsh of the topic summary bulletin for England and Wales about UK armed forces veterans. You can download this under the Main points heading in the UK armed forces veterans in England and Wales release on the ONS website.

The Welsh Government will publish Census 2021 topic summaries information that is specific to Wales. The release about UK armed forces veterans includes data about veterans in Wales by local authority and whether or not they had served in the regular or reserved UK armed forces.

You can find out more about the topic summary information about UK armed forces veterans in Wales on the Welsh Government website.

Important information:

The Royal British Legion told us how they will use the Census 2021 results to help UK armed forces veterans get the support they need.

You can find out more in our Royal British Legion census story.