About the census

The census is a once in a decade survey of all the people and households in England and Wales, carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Information collected in the census helps councils like Camden, central Government, emergency services and other public organisations to plan and fund services. Census data is available for everyone to use, from creating business plans to charity funding bids.

Census Day was Sunday 21 March 2021. Results from the 2021 census are expected to become available in spring 2022. You can find out the latest updates at Open Data Camden

Census scam alert

The Office for National Statistics is aware of text messages threatening a census fine for non-completion of the census. You will never be issued with a fine on the doorstep by a census field officer, or by text message, phone call, email or social media. The ONS has a Cyber Intelligence Team that is taking down fake sites related to the census.

If you find a site that looks suspicious or receive text messages with links to sites asking for money related to the census, do not engage with them. Report to the Census 2021 Contact Centre by ringing 0800 141 2021.