2011 Census

Helping us understand the characteristics of Bournemouth's residents and workers

The latest Census for England and Wales was carried out on 27 March 2011. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) sent questionnaires to 25 million households. The result of these questionnaires gives an overview of our society. This is used to support decision-making in the future. 

We use these results to help determine where and how public funds are allocated.

The Census is only undertaken every 10 years and provides a snapshot of the population which can be compared with previous censuses to also measure change.

Everything you tell the Census is strictly confidential and protected by law for 100 years. The ONS won’t share your personal information with any other government departments or organisations.

Family history

You can see Census records 100 years after they are taken. This means you can learn about your ancestor’s lifestyle. 

For more information, see the ONS’s Census Family History Resources page.

Quick facts

  • The first Census of Great Britain was organised by John Rickman on 10 March 1801. The population of England and Wales was 9.3 million.
  • A Census has been carried out every ten years since (except for 1941 due to the Second World War).
  • By 2001, the population of Bournemouth was 163,444, an increase of 12,139 since the last census in 1991.
  • In 2011 Bournemouth's resident population had grown to 183,491.