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Oxfordshire JSNA: First release of Census 2021 results

June 30, 2022

You will have probably seen that ONS has released the first set of results from the Census survey carried out in March 2021.

This release is limited to rounded data at Local Authority level, with population by 5 year age band and count of households.

We have added an article to Oxfordshire Insight with an overview of the results for Oxfordshire showing that..

  • On Census Day, 21 March 2021, the size of the usual resident population in Oxfordshire was 725,300.
  • Oxfordshire’s population grew by 71,500 (10.9%) since the last Census in 2011 when it was 653,800. This increase in Oxfordshire was above the growth across England (6.6%).
  • Each district in the county has seen an increase, with the greatest change in Cherwell and Vale of White Horse.
  • Between 2011 and 2021, Oxfordshire saw significant increases in the resident population of:
    • Young people aged 5 to 14 (+15%)
    • Working aged people in their 30s (+15%) and 50s (+27%)
    • Older people aged 65+ (+25%)
  • There has been a fall in the number of children aged 0-4 (-8%). This decline in the number of young children was most significant in Oxford City.
  • The number of households has increased in Oxfordshire, with an increase in each district with the exception of Oxford City, which has seen a small decline.

And for those of you who need specific population counts by age and district, there is a new population selector tool on the Oxfordshire Insight population page

We highly recommend having a look at the fun and informative ONS scrollytelling Census 2021 visualisation showing data for local authorities.

Please email jsna@oxfordshire.gov.uk with any questions.

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