The census collects information every 10 years about people and households in Northern Ireland. It is used by central and local government, health authorities and many other organisations to plan and provide future services.

Government and the census

It is important to know how many people live in Northern Ireland so that the Government can work out what types of services are needed now and in the future. With statistics from the census, central and local government can allocate funds, decide future policy and plan important services.

You can find out more about the census, including the information collected, how it’s used and how it’s stored on the Northern Ireland Research and Statistics Agency (NISRA) website.

2021 Census 

The next census will be taken on 21 March 2021, depending on legislative approval. You can find out more about the plans for the 2021 census on the NISRA website.

2011 Census 

The last census was held on 27 March 2011. You can access the results of the 2011 Census on the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service (NINIS) website.

You can also access older census results from the NISRA website.

If you want further information on the census you can contact the Census Customer Services team.

Get information about your neighbourhood

If you’re looking for information on an area in Northern Ireland, you can click on the link below. You’ll be able to see lots of information on:

  • births
  • population
  • health and social care
  • education and skills
  • crime

You can search the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service (NINIS) using a postcode, street or area.

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