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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.

Census 2021 - first results

All households across Dudley were asked to take part in Census 2021, a once in a decade survey, carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which provides the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.

Carried out in spring 2021, there was a 97 per cent borough response rate to the census. 

The first results from Census 2021 are now out and give communities across Dudley a glimpse of how our local population has changed in the past decade.

Released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), they 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, a 3.4% increase from the Census 2011 figure of 312,900. 

The ONS have now published the main sets of census results, including data on ethnicity, religion, the labour market, education, health and housing. For the first time, this also includes information on armed forces veterans, sexual orientation and gender identity.

For more information about this and future Census results visit the census webpage

2021 Census Results

Summaries of the main census results for Dudley are given below by topic.

2021 Census Area Profiler

The 2021 Census Area Profiler is an interactive excel-based tool designed to show people the 2021 Census results for an area of their choice, and allow them to compare it to any other area.