Census 2011

Every ten years the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for undertaking a census or population count. A census took place on Sunday, 27 March 2011, when each household was asked to complete a form (online or on paper) listing all people present at the time. 

The statistical information collected determines what government funding the borough receives in the following years to deliver key public services like education, healthcare, housing, social services and transport. Personal information collected is protected by law and kept strictly confidential.

You can find out more on the census 2011 website.

Due to the breadth and depth of the 2011 census results, the data are being released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in four main stages:

  • First release 16 July - November 2012

Local Authority (borough) level only - Age and sex, and occupied households estimates; Information about second addresses by age, sex, and type of second address.

  • Second release (phase 1) - 11 December 2012

Local Authority (borough) level only - Various tables including; Age structure; Marital status; Household composition; Lone parent households; Ethnic group; National identity; Country of birth; Passports held; Household language; Religion; Health; Dwellings type; Tenure; Car or van availability; Qualifications; Economic activity; Hours worked; Industry and Occupation.

  • Second release (phase 2) - 30 January 2013

All of the tables in phase 1 above, and others at lower geographies, i.e. output area, ward and parliamentary constituency.

  • Second release (phase 3) - 19 February 2013

Key and Quick Statistics for health areas, postcode sectors and National Assembly for Wales constituencies and electoral regions.

  • Second release (phase 4) - 26 March 2013

Key Statistics for non-UK born short-term and Quick Statistics on national identity, passports held and Social Grade for Usual Residents.

  • Third release March 2013 - June 2013

What the ONS call 'Local Characteristics', comprise a range of cross-tabulations, e.g. Age by sex and resident type; Sex and age by ethnic group; Sex and age by economic activity; Sex and age by general health and provision of unpaid care; Country of birth by age and sex; Sex and occupation by age; Dwelling type and accommodation type by household space type; etc.

  • Fourth release July 2013 - October 2013

What the ONS call 'Detailed Characteristics' statistics, there are no details as yet of what these will comprise.

National and London Borough Data

On the ONS 2011 census home page  you will find the full details of the releases, including

The Greater London Authority has also put together similar tools and reports relating specifically to London, these are available on the London Datastore

Census 2011 - Response and return rates

The overall response and return rates for London Boroughs are set out in this table:  

For the first time, householders and other respondents were given the opportunity to complete their census questionnaires online, the following indicate the degree to which this was taken up:

This update provides some provisional and early analyses of the take-up of the online questionnaire in London as compared with the rest of the country.

Census 2011 - Second address estimates

This is the first time a question relating to second homes has been included in the census.

The associated data were released at on 22 October 2012 and relate to people who live at a second address within a local authority (or region) for at least 30 days per year, but who were usually resident in a different local authority (or region) in England and Wales; and people who were usually resident in a local authority (or region), but who also live at a second address in a different local authority (or region) for at least 30 days per year.

You can view the tables associated with the second homes data (PDF - 98.94 KB).

More information concerning this data can be found on the relevant page of the ONS site.

Census 2011 - First release

These were released on 16 July 2012 and include the following:

  • Usually resident census population estimates for England and for Wales, and for England and Wales, at single year of age, and sex
  • Usually resident census population estimates by five year age bands for local authorities in England and Wales
  • Household estimates
  • Estimates of short term migrants.  

A list of frequently asked questions and appropriate responses (PDF - 44.27 KB) has been prepared by the Office for National Statistics.

You can view the data relating to Bromley (PDF - 191.4 KB).

The Greater London Authority has also put together other tools using just the data relating to the London Boroughs, these are available on the London Datastore

These full results are available through the ONS 2011 census home page

Under the 2011 census first release you will find the details for England and Wales at Local Authority Level, including:

The key points as far as the London Borough of Bromley is concerned are as follows:

  • On census night the population in Bromley was 309,400.
  • There were 148,600 men and 160,800 women in Bromley.
  • The 2001 census recorded 295,526 residents, so Bromley's population is estimated to have increased by 13,874 between 2001 and 2011, an increase of 4.7%.
  • The median age of the population in Bromley was 40.
  • The percentage of the population aged 65 and over was 16.8 per cent, i.e. almost one in six people in the population aged 65 and over.
  • There were 2,729 residents aged 90 and over in 2011.
  • In 2011, there were 2,095 children under five in Bromley.
  • In Bromley the average population density was 20.6 people per hectare, the lowest in London (it should be noted that over half of the land in the borough is open space of some description).

Census 2011 - Second release, phase 1 (Bromley data)

These were released on 11 December 2012, excluding those specifically relating to Wales and those only containing National data, there are 41 tables covering a wide variety of topics, you can a view a list of the table numbers and titles (PDF - 14.22 KB).

Census 2011 - Second release, phase 2 (Bromley Ward Data)

These were released on 30th January 2013 and comprise some 29 Key Statistics Tables and 64 Quick Statistics Tables covering a wide variety of topics (tables specifically relating to Wales or containing only containing National data are not included)

The Key Statistics tables for Bromley Wards have been taken from the data supplied by the Office for National Statistics and put together as six spreadsheets containing a worksheet for each table (in each case two tables, one with numbers and the other showing percentages) with Ward names and 2011 census geography codes for ease of use with GIS.

The subject areas covered in each spreadsheet are as follows (the first page of the spreadsheet details the tables each contains):

  • Diversity Data
  • Health & Unpaid Care Data
  • Households & Families
  • Housing Data
  • Labour Market Data
  • Qualifications Data

View the key statistical data relating to Bromley wards.

Census 2011 - Second release, phase 3 (No data relating to Bromley)

These were released on 19 February 2013 as none relate to the borough as a whole or Bromley Wards none of this data has been extracted for this web site. The data relates to Postcode Sectors, Health Areas, Welsh Government devolved constituencies and National Parks, with a separate release for Wales.

Census 2011 - Second release, phase 4 (additional London Boroughs data)

These were released on 26 March 2013 and comprise seven tables

The release includes key statistics (AP) for non-UK born short-term and quick statistics (QS) on national identity, passports held and Social Grade for Usual Residents:

  • AP1101EW - Sex by five-year age group (non-UK born short-term residents)
  • AP1201EW - Country of birth (non-UK born short-term residents)
  • AP1202EW - Passports held (detailed) (non-UK born short-term residents)
  • AP1601EW - Economic activity (non-UK born short-term residents)
  • QS212EW -   Passports held (detailed)
  • QS214EW -   National identity (detailed)
  • QS611EW -   Approximated social grade (household reference persons aged 16 to 64).

View the data relating to Bromley

The Greater London Authority has extracted the data for the London Boroughs and made it available as Excel spreadsheets, provided a mapping tool and some short reports comparing the boroughs at the regional, as well as national, level and identifying trends and changes over time using historic census data.

The data for England and Wales are available on the ONS 2011 Census Page under the 2011 Census, Key Statistics for Local Authorities in England and Wales.

Census 2011 - key findings

The population of Bromley increased 4.7% since the 2001 census (295,532 in 2001 compared with 309,392 in 2011).

  • Over 33% of the adult population are single
  • Almost half the adult population (48.5%) is married or in a registered same-sex civil partnership
  • 11% of adults are divorced or formerly in a same-sex civil partnership which is now legally dissolved or separated.
  • Widows and widowers make up nearly 7% of the population
  • Married couple households make up 34.4% of the total households
  • One-person households represent 31.2% of all households
  • Almost 31% of households have two or more cars or vans
  • 77.4% of the population gave their ethnic origin as White British
  • 85.6% of the population of Bromley were born in the UK
  • 60.7% of the population gave their religion are Christian
  • Over 66% of the economically active population are in employment with only 2.3% unemployed
  • 13.3% of the population are retired
  • Just over 33% of Bromley's population have qualification at a degree level or higher
  • 71.7% of homes are owner occupied (owned outright, owned with a mortgage or loan or shared ownership)