Census Data (Aggregate Statistics) from Scotland & rest of the UK, all years

This page provides a brief guide to finding the sources of aggregate statistics compiled from Census data for the constituent parts of the UK.

N.B. There is no single UK Population Census; the Census is carried out by different bodies in different parts of the UK, and there are therefore different sources for finding these data. The Scottish Census is conducted by the National Records of Scotland, the Census for England and Wales by the Office of National Statistics, and the Northern Ireland Census by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.


Sources of Census data in reverse chronological order:

  • Information about the preparations for the 2021 Census can be found at the National Records of Scotland website.
  • Aggregate data from the Scottish Census of 2011 is available at the Scottish Government's Scotland's Census website
  • The UK DataService's InFuse tool has aggregate data for selected variables down to local authority level from the 2001 and 2011 censuses of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Census Flow data from 2011, reflecting migration and commuting, and covering the whole of the UK, is available from the UK Data Service and can be queried using their WICID tool: http://census.ukdataservice.ac.uk/get-data/flow-data.aspx.
  • Aggregate data for the United Kingdom's censuses of 1971 - 2001 are available for academic purposes via Casweb
  • Aggregate data from the 1951 and 1961 censuses for Scotland, England and Wales are available from the Vision of Britain website, and can be found using the UK Data Service Discover service by filtering on the date.
  • No census was taken in the UK in 1941 because of the Second World War.
  • The 1931 Census of England and Wales was lost in a fire in 1942.

N.B. for spatial / boundary data see the National Statistics Postcode Directory.

Spatial Coverage: 
United Kingdom
Data Creator: 
National Records of Scotland
Time Period: 

1801 - 2011