A nationwide census is completed, by the Office for National Statistics, every 10 years. It counts all people and households throughout the country.
The latest census took place on Sunday 21 March 2021. You can find out more on the government's census website.
The information the census provides allows central and local government, health authorities and many other organisations to target their resources more effectively and to plan housing, education, health and transport services for years to come.
The latest census was held on Sunday 27 March 2011. Detailed information from the 2011 Census is now available via Data North Yorkshire below. We use this information to create profiles for various areas in North Yorkshire. Similar profiles are also available from Data North Yorkshire using 2001 census data. Information from older censuses including 1981 and 1991 are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details of individuals are not disclosed by the office for national statistics until 100 years after the census, to preserve confidentiality.
Accessing area profiles based on census information
You can use our online site Data North Yorkshire to see socio-economic information for different areas of North Yorkshire.
Historic census information
Although censuses have been taken in England and Wales every ten years since 1801, in most cases it is only since 1841 that details about individual households have been recorded. This information is closed to researchers for 100 years; the 1911 census being the most recent that can be made available at present.
The 1841 to 1901 census returns are available to view on microfilm at several libraries around the county. Please use this to help you find the most relevant census for your research needs and the name of the library that holds those particular reels. You can then contact the library concerned and book a microfilm reader.
The county record office holds microfilm copies of the census details from the 1851 census for most parts of North Yorkshire. In addition, the office also holds some of the exceptional census returns from before 1841. These contain names of householders.