Census data on national identity and religious origin to be released next month
National Identity and Religion STATISTICS from the 2021 Census are due out next month, it has been confirmed.
The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) said the data would be revealed in the next phase of results on September 20.
The results will include statistics on passports held by people living in the North, as well as national identity, religious and ethnic origins, and language.
Next month’s figures will be compared with the 2011 census which found that 45% of people in the north were Catholic or of Catholic origin, compared to 48% of Protestant or Christian origin.
A NISRA spokesperson said: “Data will be available for Northern Ireland and the 11 local government districts.”
The 2021 census recorded the highest level of engagement in 30 years, with initial results showing that 97.2% of households completed the questionnaire.
The first wave of census data from last year also revealed that the North’s population had risen to more than 1.9 million, an increase of more than 90,000 over a decade.
It also showed that the over-65 age group had increased by 25% since 2011, while the number of young children aged four or under had fallen by 9%, indicating a drop in the birth rate.