The Census is a count of all people and households in the UK taken every 10 years (most recently in 2011). The next Census will take place in 2021.

It is the most complete source of information about the population available and shows how our country is changing over time. Visit the Office for National Statistics Census website for more information.

Headline figures for York Census 2011


  • the population of York in 2011 was 198,051 with 83,552 households
  • between 2001 and 2011 York grew more than Yorkshire and Humber or England (9.4% compared with 6.2% and 7.2% respectively)
  • York had more 20-24 year olds than both the regional and national proportions (10% compared with 7.2% and 6.8%)
  • between 2001 and 2011 York saw a large increase in the 0-4 population, especially children aged 2 and under
  • York's 85-and-over age group grew more than the regional or national average between 2001 and 2011 (38% compared with 20% and 23%)


  • most (86%) residents in England and Wales identified themselves as "White" in 2011 (a 5% point decrease over 2001)
  • in Yorkshire and Humber this was 89% and 94% in York
  • the largest non-White group in York was Chinese at 1.2% of the population


  • in York 59.5% of residents recorded their religion as Christian (down from 74% in 2001) which was similar to the national picture
  • more people stated they had no religion than the national figure (30.1% compared with 24.7%)


  • 90.8% of York's population were born within the UK
  • 2.7% of York's population were born in other EU countries
  • 5.5% of York's population were born outside the EU


  • 16.6% of York's population was qualified up to level 3 (the highest regionally and 13th highest nationally)
  • 32.4% of York's population held qualifications at level 4 and above

Health and unpaid care

  • nearly 50% of York residents stated that their health was very good health
  • only 4.1% stated their health was bad or very bad
  • there were 18,224 carers recorded in York in 2011

Marital Status and household composition

  • the proportion of married people in York was 44%; lower than regionally or nationally. York also had a lower proportion of people who were divorced, separated and widowed
  • York had 91,792 cohabiting couples and 42,917 single adults
  • a high proportion of York couples had no children (6.9%). This was the highest in the region and 17th highest nationally
  • York also had a low level of lone parent families with dependant children (5.9%) compared to 7.1% regionally. Nearly 71% of those families were in part or full time employment compared to 60.3% regionally and 59.4% nationally

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