Ward-level 2011 census data available through Surrey-i

I’ve been reminded that the 2011 Census data for England and Wales is also available thru Surrey-I.

Surrey-i says its purpose “is a one-stop treasure trove of data, information, specialist reports, summary analysis and headline statistics, covering Surrey’s demographics, our economy and public services.”

It’s a lot easier, and quicker, to view the latest release of data from the 2011 Census through Surrey-i than through the ONS website. To make life even easier for you, here are the links that take you directly to the Surrey Heath Wards,

Viewing the data offers the opportunity to acquire interesting data about where you live, which you can use to amaze, or perhaps bore, people with your knowledge.

Surrey Heath close to the top in car ownership

I’ve known that Surrey Heath is among the leading places in the country for high vehicle ownership per household. I’ve not known the exact numbers, or which other places in England and Wales had similar high vehicles ownership rates.

Well, I do now. The 2011 Census results published yesterday by the ONS gives the necessary detail. You can view the data here in Table KS404EW Car or van availability by local authority. Hopefully, helpfully I’ve extracted the data on car or van ownership for the top 6 local authorities, and given a reference from one the bottom authorities.

 Top 6 local authorities in England & Wales, ranked by van or car ownership

Authority                  2 vehicles   3 vehicles    4 vehicles  
South Bucks                   8th                 1st              1st
Uttlesford, Essex            6th                 3rd             2nd
Maldon, Essex               25th               9th              3rd
Surrey Heath                 4th                2nd             4th
East Hampshire             10th               6th              5th
Hart                              1st                4th              6th
Nottingham                     329th            332nd         331st

Top 6 local authorities, percentages of van or car ownership

Authority             2 vehicles    3 vehicles   4 vehicles
South Bucks             37.1               11.2              5.3
Uttlesford, Esse        38.2                11.0             5.1
Maldon, Essex          35.3                10.1             4.7
Surrey Heath           39.9                11.0             4.6
East Hampshire        36.7                10.5             4.6
Hart                        42.1                10.7             4.5
Nottingham              13.3                2.2              0.6

Top 6 local authorities, total # households, total van or car ownership

Authority Households Total vehicles
South Bucks  26,514 44,527
Uttlesford, Essex  31,316 52,656
Maldon, Essex  25,817 41,205
Surrey Heath  33,546 56,325
East Hampshire  47,258 76,813
Hart  35,510 60,736
Nottingham 126,131 96,284

2011 Census, Key Statistics on population

The Office for National Statistics has, today, released data from the 2011 Census on Key Statistics for Local Authorities in England and Wales

The headline from the release is the growth in overall population from the previous Census in 2001, which the ONS reports as,

  • The resident population of England and Wales on the 27 March 2011 was 56.1 million, a seven per cent (3.7 million) increase since 2001 with 55 per cent (2.1 million) of this increase being due to migration. One in six people were aged 65 or over (16 per cent, 9.2 million).

This release of data from the 2011 Census contains data on religion, ethnicity, and international migration. The data is fascinating. Here are a few points I picked out.

  • In International Migrants, Table 4: Unitary/local authorities with highest/lowest proportions of non-UK born usual residents:
    • The highest is London Borough of Brent with 171,400, 55.1%
    • The Lowest is Blaenau Gwent with 1,500, 2.2%
  • In Table KS102EW:
    • The population of Wales is 3,063, 456
    • The population of Surrey Heath 86,144
    • The median age of population of Surrey Heath is 40.2
    • Population of Surrey Heath over 90 is 646
  • In differences in ethnicity across local authorities, Table 1: The local authorities with the highest and lowest proportion of White British, Any Other White and Indian ethnic groups are:
    • Highest proportion of White British; Redcar & Cleveland at 97.6%
    • Lowest proportion of White British; London Boro of Newham at 16.7%

Population density data from the 2011 Census

When I looked at the early release of data from the 2011 Census, one thing that struck me was the amazing variability in population densities in various parts of England and Wales.

Here in Surrey and the South East of England we’re very aware of how apparently crowed we all are in this corner of England.  Yet, in the Statistical Bulletin of the 2011 Census we’re nowhere near as crowed as other parts of the South East. In the bulletin’s summary it notes:

“In England and Wales the average population density was 371 people per square kilometre; however in London this figure was 5,200. If the London figures were excluded, the average population density for the rest of England and Wales was 321 people per square kilometre.

When the average population densities for England and Wales are calculated separately, there were 407 and 148 residents per square kilometre respectively.”

The average population density of 371 per square km equates, they say, “to about four people on a rugby pitch”. Hmm, that’s crowded to my way of thinking.

Anyway, taking a closer look at the population density [via the Guardian’s Data Blog on the census] here’s what I’ve found about us, and the densities of neighbouring boroughs, and some London boroughs

  • Surrey Heath – 906
  • Woking – 1,560
  • Guildford – 506
  • Rushmoor – 2,402
  • Runnymede – 1,031
  • Hart – 423
  • London – Islington – 13,875
  • London – Kensington and Chelsea – 13,087
  • London – Hackney – 12,930

So, we’re not quite as crowded as most of our near neighbours, or amazingly dense London. Although, by comparison with us, some Kentish boroughs are underpopulated, such as Rother -178, Wealden – 179, and Ashford – 203.

Population profile presents future problems

The Office of National Statistics review of the 2011 census has this table, showing the age profile of the population of England and Wales over the last 100 years.

There’s talk about the effect of an aging population on our society, and its concomitant costs. Seeing the data is a great way to understand that trend.

7% more people in Surrey Heath since 2001

Early release of data from the 2011 census shows that the population of Surrey Heath has increased by 7% between 2001 and 2011. In numbers that’s from 80,000 to 86,200.

The table above was captured from the Guardian’s Data Blog, which presents the 2011 census data graphically, making for easy access.