Census Logo *18 February 2013*

Small Area Data

Census data for small areas has now been released.

 We have produced profiles for each of the wards in Bath and North East Somerset.

You can also download a small area data tool, which provides the data for parishes and the smaller census geographies.

All of this data, including comparisons with 2001 can also be downloaded direct from the ONS Neighbourhood Statistics site.


Local Authority Level Detailed Reports

We have produced the first of our 'behind the numbers' factsheets - Population Change at a glance.

In addition, some briefing notes on a range of headline data for Bath and North East Somerset have been produced covering the following topics:

This information also shows how Bath and North East Somerset compares to other local authorities in England & Wales.


*17 December 2012*

Detailed Census 2011 data at local authority level was released.

To jump straight into the data, a range of interactive maps have been made available from ONS interactive or visit The Guardian's analysis of change since 2001 by Ethnicity, relgion, industry and household.

There is a schedule of further work detailed below, however early analysis suggests some emerging points of interest for Bath and North East Somerset:

Overall findings:

·         The resident population is 176,015 up from 169,040 in 2001 (lower than national and regional levels), in line with the national population there are slightly more women than men living in the area.

·         There were 73,515 households occupied on the night of the census.

·         Find out more about the population as a whole in the first release briefing note

Car Ownership

·         The number of cars and vans owned by residents has increased by 6,958 since 2001 to 92,628; this means that there are now 125 cars & vans per 100 households. This is greater than the figure of 116 cars & vans per 100 households for England.


·         33.4% of the population are educated to degree or above (15th highest in the country). An increase of 7.6% points since 2001.

·         Conversely the number of people with no qualifications has dropped by 5% points to 17.20% of the population (25,140), 6% points lower than national levels.

·         There were 15,932 full time students recorded as resident, a 64% increase since 2001, associated with this, there has been a 35% rise in the number of residents living in communal establishments (4485 in 2001 to 6039 in 2011).

Ethnic Background & Nationality

·         There has been little overall change in the ethnic composition of the area since 2001, 90.10% of the population have recorded their ethnicity as White British, this is not in keeping with national changes, where the proportion of White British has dropped from 87% to 80%.

·         In terms of specific ethnic groups, there has been an increase from 177 to 1912 people self-defining as "Asian or Asian British" and from 234 to 672 people defining them selves as 'Black or Black British - African'. 

·         For the first time, however, more questions have been asked about nationality and background. 15,500 residents (8.80%) were born outside of the UK, of which 2,275 were born in EU Accession states.

·         1,741 households in the area have no resident with English as a first language. (Lower, as a proportion of households, than national).


·         28,295 adult residents (16.10%) said their life was limited by a long term illness or disability, up slightly from 2001 (15.85%).

·         83.9% of residents rated their health as good or very good, higher than the national level (81.40%)

·         5,189 (3.70%) adult residents were providing more than 20 hours of unpaid care per week up from 4,097 in 2001.


·         66% of households are owned outright or with a mortgage, down 5% points from 2001.

·         The private rental sector has increased by 5% points since 2001 to 15.50% of households, while the social rental sector has remained reasonably static at 14% of households.

·         The composition of households has also changed significantly, 43% of households are occupied by people who are married or in a civil partnership, 5% points fewer than 2001 (slightly more of a reduction than nationally). There has been a 3% point increase in lone parent households, from 6% in 2001 to 9% in 2011.


·         32% of residents recorded their religion as “No Religion”, up 13% points since 2001.

·         56% of residents recorded their religion as “Christian”, down 15% points since 2001. This reflects a national trend, however the reduction in residents recording their religion as “Christian” is 3% points greater than nationally.

Find out more:

Get the data from the ONS direct

Have you found out something interesting from this data? – let us know on research@bathnes.gov.uk or contact 01225 477230.

2001 comparison data is available from the neighbourhood statistics site.

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