Census 2021

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The census is a national survey that takes place once every 10 years. Census day this year is 21 March 2021.

This survey gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It is important because answers you give are used for deciding how services are planned and funded in Thurrock. The last census took place in 2011

The UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales.

Census 2021 will be online first, not only online. If you can, the ONS would like you to fill-in the survey electronically, using a computer, tablet or smartphone device. It's much quicker online.

Why it's important for Thurrock residents

Information collected by the census is used by the government and other authorities to decide where billions of pounds will be spent. This includes funding for roads, schools and hospitals.

Local charities and voluntary organisations often use census information as evidence to get funding. It can also help businesses make decisions, like where it's best to open a new shop.

Dates for this year's census

Dates What will happen
22 to 27 February You will receive a postcard in the post from the ONS, asking you to look out for your initial contact pack.
3 to 12 March You will receive your initial contact pack from the ONS with a unique code that you'll need to complete the survey online.
21 March This is the day planned for the census to take place

Who to contact for help and advice

If you need help with your census survey, you should contact the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

To contact the ONS by phone, text message or webchat, go to Census 2021: contact us.

More information

You can find out more from the ONS Census 2021 website.

The ONS is recruiting for temporary jobs to help with the census. To find out more and apply for a job, go to ONS census jobs.

The ONS also offers a census education programme for schools. To find out more and register your school to take part, go to:

For information from the last census, go to ONS Census 2011.

You can also follow the census on social media: