About the census : Overview

What is the census?

The census happens only once every 10 years. It gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in Northern Ireland. The information you give us helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of us all. It looks at who we are and how we live. It provides vital information about us, our society and future needs.

We have had a great response to the 2021 Census from households across Northern Ireland, thank you to all who took part.

The Census in England & Wales

At the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), we are responsible for planning and running the census for Northern Ireland. Census Day across Northern Ireland and England & Wales was Sunday 21 March 2021.

You can find out more about the census in England & Wales from the Office for National Statistics.

The Census in Scotland and Ireland

Both Scotland and Ireland plan to run a census in 2022.

You can find out more about the census in Scotland from the National Records of Scotland

You can find out more about the census in Ireland from the Central Statistics Office