Census 2011 – information about completing your form and finding and using historical census data


The 2011 Census will take place on Sunday 27th March 2011 and everyone living in the UK will be asked to take part. The Census takes place every 10 years and the data gathered is used to decide how taxes are allocated to services such as health, education and transport. A short video about filling in the census form is available on YouTube.


The Census form can be completed in English or Gaelic and on paper or online. Translations of the questions are available in many other languages. For more information about the Census in Scotland, including FAQS see the Scotland’s Census website. 


The 2011 Census includes a question about whether you can understand / speak / read or write Scots. If you’re not sure, have a look at the Aye Can website to test your language skills.


Information is also available about the Census in England and Wales and Northern Ireland.


Past cenuses

The results from previous censuses provide useful statistical data and are a valuable resource for anyone researching local or family history.


See a list of Stirling University Library’s Census bookmarks.


Interesting facts from previous local censuses are available, East and West Dunbartonshire and Stirling factsheet, Eilean Siar factsheet and Highland factsheet.


The ScotlandsPeople website has links to old Scottish census records from 1841-1901.


The National Archives website has links to old census records from 1841-1911 for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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