2021 Census: Overview
A Census or population count has taken place once a decade in England and Wales since 1801 (except 1941) and is the only time every person and household is counted right across the UK. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for the census in England and Wales, and carried out the most recent in March 2021. The Census remains the largest single source of social statistics in England and Wales, and so release of the data will be in a number of stages.
The first set of data was released on 28th June 2022, and for local authorities includes usually resident population by age and sex, the number of occupied households and population density.
Further data will be released every two to three weeks throughout autumn and winter 2022, and will be based on key topics:
Area profiles will also be released late in 2022, to allow users to view statistics from across different topics for a particular area and compare local statistics for an area against national statistics.
The 2021 Census estimates that Sandwell has 341,900 residents, a rise of 11.0% since 2011. This compares with a rise of 6.3% in England and Wales. The previous Census in 2011 saw a reverse of the declining population trend experienced since 1971. The latest Census sees the population of Sandwell growing to an even higher level than that in 1971.
There are now 130,200 households in Sandwell, compared to 121,500 in 2011 - a rise of 7.2%.
Sandwell’s population in terms of broad age bands is shown in this graph.
In terms of 5 year age-bands, the largest increases have been amongst those aged 55 to 59 (+34.2%) and 50 to 54 (+28.4%).
You can download the 2021 Sandwell & England data by age and gender here.
The pyramid shows the population structure of Sandwell in 2021, compared with England. As you can see, the population structure of Sandwell is much younger than England overall.