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Census 2011

Further information

For further details about the census please contact Maria Moroz on
tel: 0115 9774541 or
email: maria.moroz@nottscc.gov.uk or research@nottscc.gov.uk

The 2011 Census took place on 27 March 2011.

Every ten years a census takes a numerical snapshot on a single date to gain an accurate picture of the population. The census statistics that ONS produces help us to correctly target funding and public services, such as education, transport, social services, schools and housing, where needed. The information provided by the 2011 Census will help shape our community for years to come.

All personal information is protected by law and will be kept confidential for 100 years.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) are in the process of analysing the returns and the first results were published in July 2012.  We will be providing access to local results from this page, in line with the ONS timetable. Census results will be released by ONS in three phases:

2011 Census geography

Maintaining stability as far as possible has been key for the 2011 Census, therefore, modifications to output areas (OAs), the basic building blocks for data, have been kept to a minimum, and only where significant population size change has occurred since 2001.

In general, OAs have a population of between 100 and 625 with an average of 309, and between 40 and 250 households, LSOAs a population of between 1,000 and 3,000, and number of households between 400 and 1,200, and middle super output areas (MSOAs) a population of between 5,000 and 15,000, and households between 2,000 and 6,000.

The number of areas by type within each district in Nottinghamshire are shown below.

District Output Areas (OAs) Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) Middle Super Output Areas (MSOAs)
Ashfield 385 74 16
Bassetlaw 376 70 14
Broxtowe 371 70 14
Gedling 386 77 15
Mansfield 348 67 13
Newark & Sherwood 384 70 13
Rushcliffe 363 65 15
Nottinghamshire 2,613 496 100


OAs can be aggregated to form higher geographies. This will mean that data for LSOAs, MSOAs and local authorities will be available as exact-fit areas because they all align to OAs. However, any other geographies, including wards and parishes, will be based on best-fit, in order to ensure that census statistics are non-disclosive, and consistent with all national statistics produced using the best-fitting method. These areas, and any other user defined areas, will be amalgamations of OAs based on their population centroid.

Further information regarding Census Geography is available on the ONS website.

Releases of data


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