Sunday 21st March marks a once-in-a-decade moment – the 2021 Census. Why should you stand up and, quite literally, be counted?
Happening every 10 years, the Census is a national survey completed by everyone resident in the UK. It asks about who lives in each household, their ages, occupations, education, country of birth and health among a wide range of things. It tells us about what life is like living in the UK today.
While population and tax censuses in the UK can be traced back to the Roman era, the first ‘modern’ Census took place in 1801. Although the first Census was a simple population head-count (to estimate the number of men available to fight in the Napoleonic wars), the past 220 years has seen the Census evolve into the most detailed snapshot of life in the UK.
Completing the Census isn’t just a legal requirement; it actively supports local authorities. The Census is used to allocate billions of pounds of funding to local authorities for transport, housing, education, health and social care services. Filling in the Census ensures the correct funding is allocated to match the needs of every community and the services that are available.
You can see the power of the Census data yourself by looking up the characteristics of your local neighbourhood in our interactive mapping tool.
You should soon receive the Census form in the post. Take part, be represented, and make history.
Please note the following GDSL researchers contributed to writing of this blog: Mark Green, Caitlin Robinson, Frances Darlington Pollock, Jeremiah Nieves, Francisco Rowe, Paul Williamson.
The GDSL is a research centre at the University of Liverpool, working at the intersection between Data Science and Geography. For further information please visit the webpage: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/geographic-data-science/