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Census Engagement Workshops

The Census is a count of everyone who lives in Northern Ireland. It builds a detailed and comprehensive picture of the population, reflecting everyone in society. The results are invaluable for developing public policy, planning services and allocating public money.

The last census was in 2011 and revealed some key changes from 2001 including;

  • The usually resident Census Day population of Northern Ireland increased by 7.5 per cent (125,600) to 1.811 million, between 2001 and 2011.
  • The rate of population growth was greatest in the legacy Dungannon Local Government District (LGD) at 21 per cent.
  • There were 703,300 households in Northern Ireland, up 12 per cent (76,600) since 2001.
  • We are planning for Census 2021 to count approx. 840k households.
  • The proportion of people aged 65 years and over rose from 13 per cent to 15 per cent.
  • 1.8 per cent (32,400) of the usually resident population of Northern Ireland belonged to minority ethnic groups in 2011, which was more than double the proportion in 2001 (0.8 per cent).
  • Just over one in five of the usually resident population (21 per cent) had a long-term health problem or disability which limited their day-to-day activities.
  • An eighth (12 per cent) of the usually resident population in 2011 provided unpaid care (compared with 11 per cent in 2001), around a quarter (26 per cent) of whom did so for 50 or more hours per week.
  • Two-thirds (66 per cent) of all usual residents in Northern Ireland aged 16 to 74 years were economically active in the week before Census Day 2011.

The next Census will be in March 2021 and may show that the makeup of Northern Ireland and the people living here looks very different.

NIRSA are interesting in engaging with organisations throughout Northern Ireland either virtually or having a chat to discuss the Census 2021 and how NIRSA might work with organisations to raise awareness, mitigate any potential barriers and encourage everyone to complete.

NIRSA can provide a range of information and articles with emphasis on certain elements such as data security, specific benefits, online completions or others which may be of particular relevance to your users as well as more generic census material.

To get involved email census.engagement@nisra.gov.uk 

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