Ready, steady, census
The decennial census is almost upon us.
Households across Dover will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.
Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is March 21.
For more information, visit census.gov.uk.
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 log 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 141 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 141 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.
At the time of the last census…
- 111,674 people lived in Dover.
- The top occupation was sales and retail assistant (2,443 of you).
- 267 people were marine and waterways transport operatives.
- There were 37 boat and ship builders and repairers.
- 5,690 of you walked to work.
- The top language, other than English or Welsh, was Nepalese spoken by 629 of you.
- There were 220 different ethnicities.
- There were 127 households with 8 or more people.
For more information on the 2011 census, please see our Corporate Information page.
Please visit census.gov.uk for more information and any questions you have about the census.