Census 2021


Everyone will benefit from Census 2021

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Census facts

At the time of the last census...

  • 132,976 people lived in Powys, including 5,428 students
  • There were 4,954 farmers - the top occupation - and 955 carpenters and joiners
  • 375 people were food, drink and tobacco process operatives
  • There were 194 forestry workers
  • 20 people were aircraft pilots and flight engineers
  • 37,649 of you used a car or van to drive to work, although 14,260 of you (22.1%) worked from home
  • Powys was made up of 175 different ethnicities
  • Other than the UK, Poland was the top country of birth, with Polish the most common language other than English or Welsh, spoken by 815 of you
  • There were 74 households with 8 or more people
  • 414 people said they were Jedi Knights


Census Questions and Answers

What is the census?

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. The information you give helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors' surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

It asks questions about you and your household to build a picture of all of us. It looks at who we are and how we live. There's no other survey that gives as much information about our society and future needs.

When is it happening?

Census day is March 21. However, households will receive a letter in the post in early March, giving them details of how to take part in the mandatory survey. They will also receive a unique access code, inviting them to complete the survey online, although paper questionnaires are available on request.

Why should I take part?

The census helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. The information it collects helps with decisions on the planning and funding of services in your area. This could include schools, doctors' surgeries, emergency services or even local support groups.

Charities also use census information to help get the funding they need. Businesses use it to decide where to set up, which creates job opportunities.

How long will it take?

The census will take around 10 minutes per person to complete. It's easy to do and can be done on any device, including a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

What if I don't speak English or Welsh?

Translation booklets are available to download. If your language is not represented, please contact the customer contact centre on 0800 169 2021.

How can I get help to complete my questionnaire?

The help pages at census.gov.uk explain how you can get help. These include general guidance, language assistance and a wide range of accessible formats including video and audio guides (English and Welsh). You can also phone the contact centre on 0800 169 2021 or visit one of our support centres offering assistance.

What happens if I don't complete my questionnaire?

You could face prosecution, a hefty fine (up to £1000) and a criminal record.


Please visit census.gov.uk for more information, and any questions you have, about the census.

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