Census background

2011 Census

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out a national census every ten years to find out more about the people who live in England and Wales and about the make-up of local neighbourhoods. The 2011 Census took place on 27th March 2011.

Census data is used to shape and plan services across the city. Understanding the characteristics of Liverpool’s population and how it is changing is critical for the planning of employment, health, education housing, transport and other services.

Liverpool’s population

The first results of the 2011 Census estimate Liverpool’s population at 466,415 and that of the wider Liverpool City Region at 1,507,000. Liverpool’s population increased by an estimated 26,900 people (6.1%) between 2001 and 2011, with the greatest increases in the city centre and waterfront areas.

Liverpool has an estimated 206,500 households. The average household size is 2.3 people, which is slightly smaller than the England and Wales average (2.4).

Liverpool’s population is a young one with some 157,900 people under the age of 25. This is 30.7% of the total population.

The biggest increase in Liverpool’s population since 2001 has occurred in the population aged 20-29, while there have also been sizeable increases in those aged 40-64 years and 75 and over. By contrast, the city’s populations aged 5-14 years, 35-39 years and 65-74 years have all decreased over the last 10 years.

When will census data become available?

Because of the breadth and depth of Census data, the 2011 Census results will be released in stages:

  • Headline population and households figures from the 2011 Census were released by the Office for National Statistics during Summer/Autumn 2012.
  • More detailed Census data for Liverpool Local Authority District is being released from mid-December through to Summer 2013.
  • Similar data for smaller geographical areas – wards, output areas and super output areas will be released from the end of January onwards.
  • Census travel-to-work and migration data will not be released by the ONS until late 2013/ 2014.

Accessing 2011 census data for Liverpool