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Carlisle to help rehearse the next census

Carlisle has been chosen to help ensure the overall success of the 2021 Census with a rehearsal taking place across the city later this year.

The rehearsal will enable the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to test some of the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census.

The Cumbrian city is an area where field officers will face a variety of conditions including urban and rural areas, varying internet coverage, as well student populations.

Tower Hamlets and Hackney in London and Ceredigion in Wales will also be taking part.

People in each of the chosen areas will be asked to complete a questionnaire about those living in their household on 13 October 2019.

The rehearsal will be online, with help for those who need it. Residents will be invited to take part later this year.

Director of census operations, Pete Benton, said: “The census helps inform vital public services such as the number of children’s school places, hospital and GP services and social care provision in local areas.

“As the census only takes place every ten years it is important we hold an operational rehearsal to ensure that all our processes run smoothly.

“The people who take part will all be helping to ensure the overall success of the 2021 Census.”

Carlisle Facts from 2011 Census:

  • There was a total of 107,524 residents living in 48,342 households.
  • Among them were 18,839 households with no dependent children and 1,622 with three or more.
  • There were also 21,006 single people, 40,976 were married and 523 people were in a civil partnership or cohabiting with a partner of the same sex.
  • There were 9,682 secretaries, 1,059 farmers, 676 bar and catering staff and managers, and 58 artists.
  • And just 17 people were keeping the city’s historic leather industry going.
  • The city’s least common jobs included water transport operatives, boat builders and tool makers.
  • 31,932 residents either answered that they had no religion or did not specify.
  • There were also 74,296 Christians, 455 Muslims and 277 Buddhists – making up the city’s most popular religions.
  • The city’s population was made up of 67 different ethnicities. Excluding ‘white British’, the two biggest groups were made up of 1,220 Polish and 405 Irish people.
  • 11,932 households said they did not have a car or van but 14,631 households had two or more – together, households owned a total of 55,512 cars or vans.
  • Meanwhile, 341 Jedi Knights were protecting the city from the ‘dark side’.

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