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Census day is coming

Date Published: 12 March 2021
Census 2021 envelope

 With March 21 around the corner, Census 2021 is in full swing in Rutland. Letters with your unique access codes have all gone out to households and responses are already coming in.

“A successful census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales. It helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. It takes just 10 minutes per person to take part and if you can’t get online, there are paper forms available for those who need them. Now is the time to make your mark on history.” 
Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics

Operating in line with the Government’s latest COVID-19 guidance, field officers will be deployed across the country to contact those who have not responded. They will offer help and advice to those who need it. They will also remind people that their census response is required by law.

This census is the most inclusive yet. Everyone can identify as they wish using search as you type online and write-in options on paper if they need it.

The questionnaire includes questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

To complete your census, and to find out how you can get help, please visit census.gov.uk or call 0800 141 2021.

Census facts

At the time of the last census…

  • 37,369 people lived in Rutland, including 2,131 students
  • 207 people were farmers
  • There were 471 cleaners and domestics
  • 18 people were veterinarians
  • There were 925 protective service occupations
  • Just over 10,561 of you used a car or van to drive to work, although just over 3,000 people worked from home
  • Rutland was made up of 130 different ethnicities
  • Other than the UK, Germany was the top country of birth, with Polish the most popular language other than English or Welsh, spoken by 90 of you
  • There were 15 households with 8 or more people
  • 119 people said they were Jedi Knights
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